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[dm-devel] Re: [RFC PATCH dm-ioband] Added in blktrace msgs for dm-ioband

Hi Li,

From: Li Zefan <lizf cn fujitsu com>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH dm-ioband] Added in blktrace msgs for dm-ioband
Date: Mon, 04 May 2009 11:24:27 +0800

> Ryo Tsuruta wrote:
> > Hi Alan,
> > 
> >> Hi Ryo -
> >>
> >> I don't know if you are taking in patches, but whilst trying to uncover
> >> some odd behavior I added some blktrace messages to dm-ioband-ctl.c. If
> >> you're keeping one code base for old stuff (2.6.18-ish RHEL stuff) and
> >> upstream you'll have to #if around these (the blktrace message stuff
> >> came in around 2.6.26 or 27 I think).
> >>
> >> My test case was to take a single 400GB storage device, put two 200GB
> >> partitions on it and then see what the "penalty" or overhead for adding
> >> dm-ioband on top. To do this I simply created an ext2 FS on each
> >> partition in parallel (two processes each doing a mkfs to one of the
> >> partitions). Then I put two dm-ioband devices on top of the two
> >> partitions (setting the weight to 100 in both cases - thus they should
> >> have equal access).
> >>
> >> Using default values I was seeing /very/ large differences - on the
> >> order of 3X. When I bumped the number of tokens to a large number
> >> (10,240) the timings got much closer (<2%). I have found that using
> >> weight-iosize performs worse than weight (closer to 5% penalty).
> > 
> > I could reproduce similar results. One dm-ioband device seems to stop
> > issuing I/Os for a few seconds at times. I'll investigate more on that.
> >  
> >> I'll try to formalize these results as I go forward and report out on
> >> them. In any event, I thought I'd share this patch with you if you are
> >> interested...
> > 
> > Thanks. I'll include your patche into the next release.
> >  
> IMO we should use TRACE_EVENT instead of adding new blk_add_trace_msg().

Thanks for your suggestion. I'll use TRACE_EVENT instead.

> >> Here's a sampling from some blktrace output (sorry for the wrapping) - I
> >> should note that I'm a bit scared to see such large numbers of holds
> >> going on when the token count should be >5,000 for each device...
> >> Holding these back in an equal access situation is inhibiting the block
> >> I/O layer to merge (most) of these (as mkfs performs lots & lots of
> >> small but sequential I/Os).

Ryo Tsuruta

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