Re: [PATCH] block: loop: avoiding too many pending per work I/O

From: Jeff Moyer
Date: Thu Apr 30 2015 - 13:00:09 EST

Ming Lei <ming.lei@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 12:36 AM, Jeff Moyer <jmoyer@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Ming Lei <ming.lei@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>>> If there are too many pending per work I/O, too many
>>> high priority work thread can be generated so that
>>> system performance can be effected.
>>> This patch limits the max pending per work I/O as 16,
>>> and will fackback to single queue mode when the max
>>> number is reached.
>> Actually, it limits it to 32. Also, there is no discussion on what
>> variables might affect this number. Will that magic number change
>> depending on the number of cpus on the system, for example?
> My fault, it should have been 16.
> It is just used to keep more IOs in flight, but can't cause obvious
> costs like the case of Fedora live booting.
> IMO, it shouldn't depend much on number of CPUs, and more
> related with I/O performance of the backing file, and the number
> is like 'iodepth' of fio.

OK, that makes more sense. I'm still not a huge fan of hard-coding
numbers that are storage-specific, but I don't have a better suggestion
at the moment, either.

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