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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH v7 9/9] block: Avoid deadlocks with bio allocation by stacking drivers

On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 06:07:45PM -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 10:13:45AM -0700, Kent Overstreet wrote:
> [..]
> > > Performance aside, punting submission to per device worker in case of deep
> > > stack usage sounds cleaner solution to me.
> > 
> > Agreed, but performance tends to matter in the real world. And either
> > way the tricky bits are going to be confined to a few functions, so I
> > don't think it matters that much.
> > 
> > If someone wants to code up the workqueue version and test it, they're
> > more than welcome...
> Here is one quick and dirty proof of concept patch. It checks for stack
> depth and if remaining space is less than 20% of stack size, then it
> defers the bio submission to per queue worker.

I can't think of any correctness issues. I see some stuff that could be
simplified (blk_drain_deferred_bios() is redundant, just make it a
wrapper around blk_deffered_bio_work()).

Still skeptical about the performance impact, though - frankly, on some
of the hardware I've been running bcache on this would be a visible
performance regression - probably double digit percentages but I'd have
to benchmark it.  That kind of of hardware/usage is not normal today,
but I've put a lot of work into performance and I don't want to make
things worse without good reason.

Have you tested/benchmarked it?

There's scheduling behaviour, too. We really want the workqueue thread's
cpu time to be charged to the process that submitted the bio. (We could
use a mechanism like that in other places, too... not like this is a new

This is going to be a real issue for users that need strong isolation -
for any driver that uses non negligable cpu (i.e. dm crypt), we're
breaking that (not that it wasn't broken already, but this makes it

I could be convinced, but right now I prefer my solution.

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