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Re: [dm-devel] scsi_dh_rdac: Changing the memory allocation flag from GFP_KERNEL to GFP_NOIO



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Snitzer [mailto:snitzer redhat com]
> Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2010 10:15 AM
> To: device-mapper development
> Cc: linux-scsi vger kernel org; Chandra Seetharaman;
> michaelc cs wisc edu; Rob Evers; Moger, Babu
> Subject: Re: scsi_dh_rdac: Changing the memory allocation flag from
> GFP_KERNEL to GFP_NOIO
> 
> This patch appears to have gotten lost in the shuffle but still seems
> relevant.  I found it while auditing dm-devel's patchwork, patch is
> here: https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/71073/

  Yes, Please.. We need this patch.. 
> 
> On Tue, Jan 05 2010 at 12:20pm -0500,
> Moger, Babu <Babu Moger lsi com> wrote:
> 
> > This patch changes the memory allocation flag from GFP_KERNEL to
> GFP_NOIO which is more appropriate.
> >
> > This was noticed by Mike Christie and Rob Evers..
> > Mike Christie wrote:
> > > Rob Evers wrote:
> > >> +
> > >> +static int queue_mode_select(struct scsi_device *sdev,
> > >> +                activate_complete fn, void *data)
> > >> +{
> > >> +    struct rdac_queue_data *qdata;
> > >> +    struct rdac_controller *ctlr;
> > >> +
> > >> +    qdata = kzalloc(sizeof(*qdata), GFP_KERNEL);
> > >> +    if (!qdata)
> > >> +        return SCSI_DH_RETRY;
> > >> +
> > >
> > > It looks like this is called in the main IO path. A failed IO could
> cause, the path to go down,
> > > then we would call this to active a new path. If the system needed
> to write out pages to the same
> > > disk that just had the failed path so it can allocate memory then
> GFP_KERNEL would be bad to use here.
> > > You would use a mempool and still use something like GFP_NOIO. If a
> mempool is not possible for some
> > > reason, then you would want to still use GFP_NOIO.
> >
> > Using mempool would become bit more complex here because I cannot
> assume about the number of elements
> > during the allocation. I would use GFP_NOIO.
> >
> > CC: Mike Christie <michaelc cs wisc edu>
> > CC: Rob Evers <revers redhat com>
> > CC: Chandra Seetharaman <chandra seetharaman us ibm com>
> > Signed-off-by: Babu Moger <babu moger lsi com>
> >
> > ---
> > --- linux-2.6.33-rc2/drivers/scsi/device_handler/scsi_dh_rdac.c.orig
> 	2010-01-05 11:49:22.000000000 -0400
> > +++ linux-2.6.33-rc2/drivers/scsi/device_handler/scsi_dh_rdac.c	2010-
> 01-05 11:53:13.000000000 -0400
> > @@ -624,7 +624,7 @@ static int queue_mode_select(struct scsi
> >  	struct rdac_queue_data *qdata;
> >  	struct rdac_controller *ctlr;
> >
> > -	qdata = kzalloc(sizeof(*qdata), GFP_KERNEL);
> > +	qdata = kzalloc(sizeof(*qdata), GFP_NOIO);
> >  	if (!qdata)
> >  		return SCSI_DH_RETRY;
> >
> >
> >
> >
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