Re: [PATCH v1 2/7] xen-blkback: use balloon pages for all mappings
From: Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk
Date: Tue Apr 09 2013 - 11:46:28 EST
On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 12:10:38PM +0100, Roger Pau Monne wrote:
> Using balloon pages for all granted pages allows us to simplify the
> logic in blkback, especially in the xen_blkbk_map function, since now
> we can decide if we want to map a grant persistently or not after we
> have actually mapped it. This could not be done before because
> persistent grants used ballooned pages, whereas non-persistent grants
> used pages from the kernel.
> This patch also introduces several changes, the first one is that the
> list of free pages is no longer global, now each blkback instance has
> it's own list of free pages that can be used to map grants. Also, a
> run time parameter (max_buffer_pages) has been added in order to tune
> the maximum number of free pages each blkback instance will keep in
> it's buffer.
> Signed-off-by: Roger Pau Monné <roger.pau@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Cc: Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk <konrad.wilk@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Changes since RFC:
> * Fix typos in commit message.
> * Minor fixes in code.
> Documentation/ABI/stable/sysfs-bus-xen-backend | 8 +
> drivers/block/xen-blkback/blkback.c | 265 +++++++++++++-----------
> drivers/block/xen-blkback/common.h | 5 +
> drivers/block/xen-blkback/xenbus.c | 3 +
> 4 files changed, 165 insertions(+), 116 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/Documentation/ABI/stable/sysfs-bus-xen-backend b/Documentation/ABI/stable/sysfs-bus-xen-backend
> index 3d5951c..e04afe0 100644
> --- a/Documentation/ABI/stable/sysfs-bus-xen-backend
> +++ b/Documentation/ABI/stable/sysfs-bus-xen-backend
> @@ -73,3 +73,11 @@ KernelVersion: 3.0
> Contact: Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk <konrad.wilk@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Number of sectors written by the frontend.
> +What: /sys/module/xen_blkback/parameters/max_buffer_pages
> +Date: March 2013
> +KernelVersion: 3.10
> +Contact: Roger Pau Monné <roger.pau@xxxxxxxxxx>
> + Maximum number of free pages to keep in each block
> + backend buffer.
> diff --git a/drivers/block/xen-blkback/blkback.c b/drivers/block/xen-blkback/blkback.c
> index f7526db..8a1892a 100644
> --- a/drivers/block/xen-blkback/blkback.c
> +++ b/drivers/block/xen-blkback/blkback.c
> @@ -63,6 +63,21 @@ static int xen_blkif_reqs = 64;
> module_param_named(reqs, xen_blkif_reqs, int, 0);
> MODULE_PARM_DESC(reqs, "Number of blkback requests to allocate");
> + * Maximum number of unused free pages to keep in the internal buffer.
> + * Setting this to a value too low will reduce memory used in each backend,
> + * but can have a performance penalty.
> + *
> + * A sane value is xen_blkif_reqs * BLKIF_MAX_SEGMENTS_PER_REQUEST, but can
> + * be set to a lower value that might degrade performance on some intensive
> + * IO workloads.
> + */
> +static int xen_blkif_max_buffer_pages = 704;
> +module_param_named(max_buffer_pages, xen_blkif_max_buffer_pages, int, 0644);
> +"Maximum number of free pages to keep in each block backend buffer");
Just curios but have you tried setting it to zero and seen what it does? Or
It might be good to actually have some code to check for sane values.
<sigh> But obviously we did not do that with the xen_blkif_reqs option at all
so this is capricious of me to ask you to do that in this patchset.
But if you do find some extra time and want to send out a patch to make
this more robust, that would be much appreciated. It does not have
to be done now or with this patchset of course.
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