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[dm-devel] Re: RFC: I/O bandwidth controller



On Fri, 2008-08-08 at 16:20 +0900, Ryo Tsuruta wrote:
> > >   - Implement a block layer resource controller. dm-ioband is a working
> > > solution and feature rich but its dependency on the dm infrastructure is
> > > likely to find opposition (the dm layer does not handle barriers
> > > properly and the maximum size of I/O requests can be limited in some
> > > cases). In such a case, we could either try to build a standalone
> > > resource controller based on dm-ioband (which would probably hook into
> > > generic_make_request) or try to come up with something new.
> > 
> > I doubt about the maximum size of I/O requests problem. You can't avoid
> > this problem as far as you use device mapper modules with such a bad
> > manner, even if the controller is implemented as a stand-alone controller.
> > There is no limitation if you only use dm-ioband without any other device
> > mapper modules.
> 
> The following is a part of source code where the limitation comes from.
> 
> dm-table.c: dm_set_device_limits()
>         /*
>          * Check if merge fn is supported.
>          * If not we'll force DM to use PAGE_SIZE or
>          * smaller I/O, just to be safe.
>          */
> 
>         if (q->merge_bvec_fn && !ti->type->merge)
>                 rs->max_sectors =
>                         min_not_zero(rs->max_sectors,
>                                      (unsigned int) (PAGE_SIZE >> 9));
> 
> As far as I can find, In 2.6.27-rc1-mm1, Only some software RAID
> drivers and pktcdvd driver define merge_bvec_fn().

Yup, exactly. The implication of this is that we may see a drop in
performance in some RAID configurations.


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