Re: [PATCH 03/13] scsi: unify allocation of scsi command and sensebuffer

From: FUJITA Tomonori
Date: Tue May 26 2009 - 00:38:02 EST

On Mon, 25 May 2009 03:50:08 -0400
Christoph Hellwig <hch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 09:46:47AM +0200, Jens Axboe wrote:
> > > But that patch looks good to me, avoiding one allocation for each
> > > command and simplifying the code. I try to remember why these were
> > > two slabs to start with but can't find any reason.
> > >
> > > Btw, we might just want to declare the sense buffer directly as a sized
> > > array in the scsi command as there really doesn't seem to be a reason
> > > not to allocate it.
> >
> > That is also a workable solution. I've been trying to cut down on the
> > number of allocations required per-IO, and there's definitely still some
> > low hanging fruit there. Some of it is already included, like the inline
> > io_vecs in the bio.
> Btw, one thing I wanted to do for years is to add ->alloc_cmnd and
> ->destroy_cmnd method to the host template which optionally move the
> command allocation to the LLDD. That way we can embedd the scsi_cmnd
> into the drivers per-commad structure and eliminate another memory
> allocation. Also this would naturally extend the keep one cmnd pool
> to drivers without requiring additional code. As a second step it
> would also allow killing the scsi_host_cmd_pool byt just having
> a set of library routines that drivers which need SLAB_CACHE_DMA can
> use.

We discussed this idea when I rewrote the sense allocation code, I

I like that idea that unifying scsi_cmnd and llds' per-commad
structure however there is one tricky thing about it.

Currently, a lld frees (or reuses) its per-commad structure when it
calls scsi_done(). SCSI-ml uses scsi_cmd after that so we need to
change the lifetime management (so we need to inspect all the llds,
e.g. this change will break iscsi ldd).

With that change, we can't tell llds how many per-commad structure are
possibly necessary. In general, LLDs want to know the maximum number
of per-commad structure; drivers allocates the number of per-commad
structure equal to host_template->can_queue.
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