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[dm-devel] Re: IO scheduler based IO controller V10

On Fri, Oct 02 2009, Corrado Zoccolo wrote:
> Hi Jens,
> On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 11:28 AM, Jens Axboe <jens axboe oracle com> wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 02 2009, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> >>
> >> * Jens Axboe <jens axboe oracle com> wrote:
> >>
> >
> > It's really not that simple, if we go and do easy latency bits, then
> > throughput drops 30% or more. You can't say it's black and white latency
> > vs throughput issue, that's just not how the real world works. The
> > server folks would be most unpleased.
> Could we be more selective when the latency optimization is introduced?
> The code that is currently touched by Vivek's patch is:
>         if (!atomic_read(&cic->ioc->nr_tasks) || !cfqd->cfq_slice_idle ||
>             (cfqd->hw_tag && CIC_SEEKY(cic)))
>                 enable_idle = 0;
> basically, when fairness=1, it becomes just:
>         if (!atomic_read(&cic->ioc->nr_tasks) || !cfqd->cfq_slice_idle)
>                 enable_idle = 0;
> Note that, even if we enable idling here, the cfq_arm_slice_timer will use
> a different idle window for seeky (2ms) than for normal I/O.
> I think that the 2ms idle window is good for a single rotational SATA
> disk scenario, even if it supports NCQ. Realistic access times for
> those disks are still around 8ms (but it is proportional to seek
> lenght), and waiting 2ms to see if we get a nearby request may pay
> off, not only in latency and fairness, but also in throughput.

I agree, that change looks good.

> What we don't want to do is to enable idling for NCQ enabled SSDs
> (and this is already taken care in cfq_arm_slice_timer) or for hardware RAIDs.

Right, it was part of the bigger SSD optimization stuff I did a few
revisions back.

> If we agree that hardware RAIDs should be marked as non-rotational, then that
> code could become:
>         if (!atomic_read(&cic->ioc->nr_tasks) || !cfqd->cfq_slice_idle ||
>             (blk_queue_nonrot(cfqd->queue) && cfqd->hw_tag && CIC_SEEKY(cic)))
>                 enable_idle = 0;
>         else if (sample_valid(cic->ttime_samples)) {
> 		unsigned idle_time = CIC_SEEKY(cic) ? CFQ_MIN_TT : cfqd->cfq_slice_idle;
> 		if (cic->ttime_mean > idle_time)
>                         enable_idle = 0;
>                 else
>                         enable_idle = 1;
>         }

Yes agree on that too. We probably should make a different flag for
hardware raids, telling the io scheduler that this device is really
composed if several others. If it's composited only by SSD's (or has a
frontend similar to that), then non-rotational applies.

But yes, we should pass that information down.

Jens Axboe

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