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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH v2] multipath: change default configuration parameters

On 01/11/2013 06:01 PM, Benjamin Marzinski wrote:
On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 08:00:22AM +0100, Hannes Reinecke wrote:
On 01/10/2013 09:05 PM, Benjamin Marzinski wrote:
This patch makes multipath devices default to setting fast_io_fail,
switches the default selector to service-time and removes the
round-robin setting of the builtin device configurations. The goal is
to give multipath devices better performance "out of the box".

Couldn't you split it off in three patches?
(Bad) experience tells me one always run into problems when
munching together unrelated pieces ...

I suppose.  However, each config change is easily isolatable by editting

Signed-off-by: Benjamin Marzinski <bmarzins redhat com>
   libmultipath/config.c   |    1
   libmultipath/defaults.h |    2 -
   libmultipath/hwtable.c  |   65 ------------------------------------------------
   3 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 66 deletions(-)

Index: multipath-tools-120821/libmultipath/config.c
--- multipath-tools-120821.orig/libmultipath/config.c
+++ multipath-tools-120821/libmultipath/config.c
@@ -516,6 +516,7 @@ load_config (char * file)
   	conf->reassign_maps = DEFAULT_REASSIGN_MAPS;
   	conf->checkint = DEFAULT_CHECKINT;
   	conf->max_checkint = MAX_CHECKINT(conf->checkint);
+	conf->fast_io_fail = 5;

   	 * preload default hwtable

Please use #define DEFAULT_FAST_IO_FAIL here.


Index: multipath-tools-120821/libmultipath/hwtable.c
--- multipath-tools-120821.orig/libmultipath/hwtable.c
+++ multipath-tools-120821/libmultipath/hwtable.c
@@ -28,7 +28,6 @@ static struct hwentry default_hw[] = {
   		.product       = "Compellent Vol",
   		.features      = DEFAULT_FEATURES,
   		.hwhandler     = DEFAULT_HWHANDLER,
-		.selector      = DEFAULT_SELECTOR,
   		.pgpolicy      = MULTIBUS,
   		.pgfailback    = -FAILBACK_IMMEDIATE,
   		.rr_weight     = RR_WEIGHT_NONE,

Can't we get rid of _all_ 'DEFAULT_XXX' settings in the
hardware table? They _should_ be set to default during
init anyway, shouldn't they?
And that would shorten the hardware table by quite a lot ...

Not all of them, I think.  For instance, for many devices, we know that
we don't want a hardware handler. Someone could set the hardware handler
in their defaults section to deal with all their devices that don't
already have a device specific config built in.  In this case, we want
the devices with a built-in config to not use that new hwhandler
setting. I think a good question would be, "will changing this option
make the device not work correctly?"  If so, then it should be
explicitly set in the device config.  If not, then it can inherit it
from default.

explicitly set. DEFAULT_FEATURES is kind of questionable but I think it
should stay as well.  DEFAULT_MINIO and DEFAULT_MINIO_RQ are safe to
inherit from the defaults section.  Does that sound reasonable?

Index: multipath-tools-120821/libmultipath/defaults.h
--- multipath-tools-120821.orig/libmultipath/defaults.h
+++ multipath-tools-120821/libmultipath/defaults.h
@@ -1,7 +1,7 @@
   #define DEFAULT_UDEVDIR		"/dev"
   #define DEFAULT_MULTIPATHDIR	"/" LIB_STRING "/multipath"
-#define DEFAULT_SELECTOR	"round-robin 0"
+#define DEFAULT_SELECTOR	"service-time 0"
   #define DEFAULT_ALIAS_PREFIX	"mpath"
   #define DEFAULT_FEATURES	"0"
   #define DEFAULT_HWHANDLER	"0"


And you _have_ tested 'service-time' thoroughly, now have you?

I've tested it with the admittedly non-exhaustive supply of hardware I
have available.  In my experience, service-time or queue-length are
both pefectly good choices.  But on some loads to some arrays, they
do outperform round-robin, and I've never seen them noticeably worse.

When people ask for performance tuning tips and we have them try out the
dynamic load balancing selectors, I've never heard a report that they
underperform round-robin.  Have you seen different results?  If there's
a good reason to think it might cause problems, I'm fine with leaving
round-robin as the default. But I think we should try to get the
defaults to what we believe will provide the best performance on most

Actually, I'm not worried about performance, but rather stability.
multipath-tools took _ages_ to stabilize, and we're still somewhat
on the shaky side. So I'm rather loath to make new features the default without having tested them thoroughly.

But if you say so ...



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