Re: softirq considered harmful

From: Jens Axboe
Date: Mon Aug 14 2006 - 03:33:16 EST

On Sat, Aug 12 2006, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Sat, 12 Aug 2006 18:09:44 -0700 (PDT)
> David Miller <davem@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > From: Andrew Morton <akpm@xxxxxxxx>
> > Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2006 17:45:49 -0700
> >
> > > Is that also adding 150 usecs to each IO operation?
> >
> > I have no idea, Jens hasn't done enough to narrow down the true cause
> > of the latencies he is seeing. So pinpointing it on anything specific
> > is highly premature at this stage.
> Determining whether pre-conversion scsi was impacted in the same manner
> would be part of that pinpointing process.
> Deferring to softirq _has_ to add latency and any latency addition in
> synchronous disk IO is very bad. That being said, 150 usecs per request is
> so bad that I'd be suspecting that it's not affecting most people, else
> we'd have heard.

Hopefully you often end up doing > 1 request for a busy IO sub system,
otherwise the softirq stuff is pointless. But it's still pretty bad for
single requests.

> > My point was merely to encourage you to find out the facts before
> > tossing accusations around. :-)
> No, your point was that slotting this change into mainline without telling
> anyone was OK because SCSI has been doing something similar.

Not similar, identical. Andrew, there was _no_ real change there!

Jens Axboe

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