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Re: [dm-devel] dm: Make MIN_IOS, et al, tunable via sysctl.

On Tue, 2013-08-20 at 17:44 -0400, Mikulas Patocka wrote:
> On Mon, 19 Aug 2013, Frank Mayhar wrote:
> > On Mon, 2013-08-19 at 10:00 -0400, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> > > Performance isn't the concern.  The concern is: does DM allow for
> > > forward progress if the system's memory is completely exhausted?
> > > 
> > > This is why request-based has such an extensive reserve, because it
> > > needs to account for cloning the largest possible request that comes in
> > > (with multiple bios).
> > 
> > Thanks for the response.  In our particular case, I/O will be file
> > system based and over a network, which makes it pretty easy for us to be
> > sure that large I/Os never happen.  That notwithstanding, however, as
> > you said it just seems reasonable to make these values configurable.
> > 
> > I'm also looking at making some similar constants in dm-verity and
> > dm-bufio configurable in the same way and for similar reasons.
> Regarding dm-bufio: the user of dm-bufio sets the pool size as an argument 
> in dm_bufio_client_create. There is no need to make it configurable - if 
> the user selects too low value, deadlock is possible, if the user selects 
> too high value, there is no additional advantage.

True, but dm-bufio also allocates a a fixed-size 8MB (on a 64-bit
machine) hash table.  I'm still getting performance data but it appears
that reducing this, even by a lot, doesn't impact performance
significantly, at least not with the workload I'm running.  (Which is
using fio, random and sequential reads of varying buffer sizes.)

> Regarding dm-verity: the mempool size is 4, there is no need to make it 
> bigger, there is no advantage from that.

Also true, but there may be an advantage in making it smaller.
Frank Mayhar

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