Re: [PATCH 0/2] scsi: add support for request batching

From: Douglas Gilbert
Date: Wed Jun 26 2019 - 10:14:32 EST

On 2019-06-26 9:51 a.m., Paolo Bonzini wrote:
On 30/05/19 13:28, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
This allows a list of requests to be issued, with the LLD only writing
the hardware doorbell when necessary, after the last request was prepared.
This is more efficient if we have lists of requests to issue, particularly
on virtualized hardware, where writing the doorbell is more expensive than
on real hardware.

This applies to any HBA, either singlequeue or multiqueue; the second
patch implements it for virtio-scsi.


Paolo Bonzini (2):
scsi_host: add support for request batching
virtio_scsi: implement request batching

drivers/scsi/scsi_lib.c | 37 ++++++++++++++++++++++---
drivers/scsi/virtio_scsi.c | 55 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----------
include/scsi/scsi_cmnd.h | 1 +
include/scsi/scsi_host.h | 16 +++++++++--
4 files changed, 89 insertions(+), 20 deletions(-)

Ping? Are there any more objections?

I have no objections, just a few questions.

To implement this is the scsi_debug driver, a per device queue would
need to be added, correct? Then a 'commit_rqs' call would be expected
at some later point and it would drain that queue and submit each
command. Or is the queue draining ongoing in the LLD and 'commit_rqs'
means: don't return until that queue is empty?

So does that mean in the normal (i.e. non request batching) case
there are two calls to the LLD for each submitted command? Or is
'commit_rqs' optional, a sync-ing type command?

Doug Gilbert