Re: [PATCH] mmc: fix async request mechanism for sequential read scenarios

From: Per Forlin
Date: Sun Oct 21 2012 - 18:22:38 EST

On Sun, Oct 14, 2012 at 6:17 PM, Konstantin Dorfman
<kdorfman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, 11 Oct 2012 17:19:01 +0200, Per Forlin <per.lkml@xxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
> Hello Per,
>>I would like to start with some basic comments.
>>1. Is this read sequential issue specific to MMC?
>>2. Or is it common with all other block-drivers that gets data from
>>the block layer (SCSI/SATA etc) ?
>>If (#2) can the issue be addressed inside the block layer instead?
> This issue specific to MMC, others block drivers probably not using
> MMC mechanism for async request (or have more kernel threads for
> processing incoming blk requests).
> I think, since MMC actively fetches requests from block layer queue,
> the solution has nothing to do with block layer context.
>>On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM, Konstantin Dorfman
>><kdorfman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> The main assumption of the async request design is that the file
>>> system adds block requests to the block device queue asynchronously
>>> without waiting for completion (see the Rationale section of
>>> /StoragePerfMMC-async-req).
>>> We found out that in case of sequential read operations this is not
>>> the case, due to the read ahead mechanism.
>>Would it be possible to improve this mechanism to achieve the same result?
>>Allow an outstanding read ahead request on top of the current ongoing one.
> I need to look on this mechanism, but from first glance such
> behaviour may be result of libc/vfs/fs decisions and too complex
> comparing to the patch we are talking about.
One observation I have made is that if setting the mmc_req_size to
half READ_AHEAD changes the way block layer adds request to the MMC

Extract from
Forcing mmc host driver to set mmc_req_size 64k results in this behaviour.

dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 of=/dev/null bs=4k count=256
[mmc_queue_thread] req d955f9b0 blocks 32
[mmc_queue_thread] req (null) blocks 0
[mmc_queue_thread] req (null) blocks 0
[mmc_queue_thread] req d955f9b0 blocks 64
[mmc_queue_thread] req (null) blocks 0
[mmc_queue_thread] req d955f8d8 blocks 128
[mmc_queue_thread] req (null) blocks 0
[mmc_queue_thread] req d955f9b0 blocks 128
[mmc_queue_thread] req d955f800 blocks 128
[mmc_queue_thread] req d955f8d8 blocks 128
[mmc_queue_thread] req d955fec0 blocks 128
[mmc_queue_thread] req d955f800 blocks 128
[mmc_queue_thread] req d955f9b0 blocks 128
[mmc_queue_thread] req d967cd30 blocks 128

This shows that the block layer can add request in a more asynchronous
manner. I have not investigate that mechanism enough to say what can
be done.
Do you have an explanation to why the block layer behaves like this?


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