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[dm-devel] Re: [PATCH 20/23] io-controller: Per cgroup request descriptor support

Vivek Goyal wrote:
o Currently a request queue has got fixed number of request descriptors for
  sync and async requests. Once the request descriptors are consumed, new
  processes are put to sleep and they effectively become serialized. Because
  sync and async queues are separate, async requests don't impact sync ones
  but if one is looking for fairness between async requests, that is not
  achievable if request queue descriptors become bottleneck.

o Make request descriptor's per io group so that if there is lots of IO
  going on in one cgroup, it does not impact the IO of other group.

o This patch implements the per cgroup request descriptors. request pool per
  queue is still common but every group will have its own wait list and its
  own count of request descriptors allocated to that group for sync and async
  queues. So effectively request_list becomes per io group property and not a
  global request queue feature.

o Currently one can define q->nr_requests to limit request descriptors
  allocated for the queue. Now there is another tunable q->nr_group_requests
  which controls the requests descriptr limit per group. q->nr_requests
  supercedes q->nr_group_requests to make sure if there are lots of groups
  present, we don't end up allocating too many request descriptors on the

Signed-off-by: Nauman Rafique <nauman google com>
Signed-off-by: Vivek Goyal <vgoyal redhat com>

Acked-by: Rik van Riel <riel redhat com>

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