Re: [RFC PATCH 00/14] nfsd/sunrpc: add support for a workqueue-based nfsd

From: Jeff Layton
Date: Tue Dec 02 2014 - 14:46:51 EST

On Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:26:55 -0500
Tejun Heo <tj@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 02, 2014 at 02:18:14PM -0500, Tejun Heo wrote:
> ...
> > unbound. If strict cpu locality is likely to be beneficial and each
> > work item isn't likely to consume huge amount of cpu cycles,
> > WQ_CPU_INTENSIVE would fit better; otherwise, WQ_UNBOUND to let the
> > scheduler do its thing.
> Hmmm... but you're already using WQ_UNBOUND. Concurrency management
> doesn't matter for unbound workqueues. They really just behave as
> shared worker thread pools. Does turning on WQ_HIGHPRI change
> anything? Workqueue always prefers hot workers which can lead to the
> hot ones being penalized for consuming too much CPU time.
> Thanks.

WQ_HIGHPRI doesn't seem to help. FWIW, here's the fio status line from
that test:

threaded nfsd:
WRITE: io=12628KB, aggrb=210KB/s, minb=52KB/s, maxb=52KB/s, mint=60064msec, maxt=60107msec

workqueue nfsd:
WRITE: io=7464KB, aggrb=124KB/s, minb=30KB/s, maxb=31KB/s, mint=60066msec, maxt=60133msec

...and the workqueue numbers didn't change much from the case without
WQ_HIGHPRI. I didn't gather significant queueing latency numbers for
that run but I can get those together tomorrow.

My fio test config follows for anyone who's interested (it's
tiobench-example.fio without the read tests):

numjobs=4 ; 4 simultaneous threads for each job


... the server in this case is an older quad core AMD Phenom CPU, with
a 5400rpm SATA disk under it on a 3Gbps SATA interface. The client is
mounting it using NFSv3 and I'm only running a single client here.

The only difference between the two tests above is that whether nfsd is
running with the sunrpc.ko pool_mode set to "global" or "workqueue".

Jeff Layton <jlayton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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