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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH 7/7] dm-snapshot: use bufio prefetch



On Sat, Jan 11 2014 at 12:32pm -0500,
Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka redhat com> wrote:

> This patch modifies dm-snapshot so that it prefetches the buffers when
> loading the exceptions.
> 
> The number of buffers read ahead is specified in the DM_PREFETCH_CHUNKS
> macro.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka redhat com>
> 
> ---
>  drivers/md/dm-snap-persistent.c |   23 ++++++++++++++++++++++-
>  1 file changed, 22 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
> 
> Index: linux-3.13-rc7/drivers/md/dm-snap-persistent.c
> ===================================================================
> --- linux-3.13-rc7.orig/drivers/md/dm-snap-persistent.c	2014-01-11 18:10:34.000000000 +0100
> +++ linux-3.13-rc7/drivers/md/dm-snap-persistent.c	2014-01-11 18:12:53.000000000 +0100
> @@ -18,6 +18,8 @@
>  #define DM_MSG_PREFIX "persistent snapshot"
>  #define DM_CHUNK_SIZE_DEFAULT_SECTORS 32	/* 16KB */
>  
> +#define DM_PREFETCH_CHUNKS		12
> +

The patch header should speak to why 12 is adequate.  Your 0th patch
header said we should do further testing to arrive at a good value.  I
think a follow-on patch should make the 'prefetch_chunks' configurable.

The dm_exception_store structure has a 4 byte hole before the context
member.  Making prefetch_chunks configurable (either from table load or
dm-snapshot module param) would help future-proof this code.

>  /*-----------------------------------------------------------------
>   * Persistent snapshots, by persistent we mean that the snapshot
>   * will survive a reboot.
> @@ -496,6 +498,7 @@ static int read_exceptions(struct pstore
>  {
>  	int r, full = 1;
>  	struct dm_bufio_client *client;
> +	chunk_t prefetch_area = 0;
>  
>  	client = dm_bufio_client_create(dm_snap_cow(ps->store->snap)->bdev,
>  					ps->store->chunk_size << SECTOR_SHIFT,
> @@ -504,6 +507,8 @@ static int read_exceptions(struct pstore
>  	if (IS_ERR(client))
>  		return PTR_ERR(client);
>  
> +	dm_bufio_set_minimum_buffers(client, DM_PREFETCH_CHUNKS + 1);
> +
>  	/*
>  	 * Keeping reading chunks and inserting exceptions until
>  	 * we find a partially full area.
> @@ -511,7 +516,23 @@ static int read_exceptions(struct pstore
>  	for (ps->current_area = 0; full; ps->current_area++) {
>  		struct dm_buffer *bp;
>  		void *area;
> -		chunk_t chunk = area_location(ps, ps->current_area);
> +		chunk_t chunk;
> +
> +		if (unlikely(prefetch_area < ps->current_area))
> +			prefetch_area = ps->current_area;
> +
> +		if (DM_PREFETCH_CHUNKS) do {
> +			chunk_t pf_chunk = area_location(ps, prefetch_area);
> +			if (unlikely(pf_chunk >= dm_bufio_get_device_size(client)))
> +				break;
> +			if (unlikely(!dm_bufio_prefetch(client, pf_chunk, 1)))
> +				break;
> +			prefetch_area++;
> +			if (unlikely(!prefetch_area))
> +				break;
> +		} while (prefetch_area <= ps->current_area + DM_PREFETCH_CHUNKS);
> +
> +		chunk = area_location(ps, ps->current_area);
>  
>  		area = dm_bufio_read(client, chunk, &bp);
>  		if (unlikely(IS_ERR(area))) {
> 

I factored this code out to a bufio_prefetch_chunks() method, I'll share
it as v2 in reply to your original patch.


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