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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH 0/2] dm: Add no_abort_q feature flag to dm-mpath

Moger, Babu <Babu Moger lsi com> wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: linux-scsi-owner vger kernel org [mailto:linux-scsi-
> > owner vger kernel org] On Behalf Of Mike Anderson
> > Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 11:01 PM
> > To: dm-devel redhat com
> > Cc: linux-scsi vger kernel org
> > Subject: [PATCH 0/2] dm: Add no_abort_q feature flag to dm-mpath
> > 
> > This patch series contains two patches.
> > 
> > 1.) The first patch adds a feature flags bit field to the multipath
> > structure for selected features.
> > 
> > 2.) The second patch allows a user to set a feature flag for a dm-mpath
> > device of "no_abort_q" to indicate that deactivate_path should not call
> > blk_abort_queue. I tried to select a short feature name to feature
> > output
> > listed with multipath -l would not be too long "features='2
> > queue_if_no_path
> > no_abort_q'
> Mike, 
>  In what special circumstances you recommend to use this feature? It would be great if you could add that explanation in your patch descriptions. 

Yes I will update the descriptions.

To answer your question in general it would be circumstance where the
block_abort_queue during failover is leading to longer recovery instead of
shorter. This could be because of aborting / transport / device
interactions (the work by others in the iSCSI and FC transports have made
things better here).

While there are case where abort makes a big difference (being able to
failover in less than max_retries * IO timeout value). The latency numbers
for simple RDAC initiator failover show only small improvements on my
configurations (others may have better data). A assumption would be that
there could be combinations of transports and devices out there where this
might not give the fastest failover so the user may want control.

On a historically note the call to block_abort_queue came in somewhat
sideways by me linked to the timeout movement from SCSI to blk so it could
have integrated better. I should have had a way to disable / enable it
then and I am trying to provide that now so that the user has some

Michael Anderson
andmike linux vnet ibm com

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