Re: iowait boost is broken

From: Beata Michalska
Date: Thu Jun 10 2021 - 09:34:06 EST

On Tue, Jun 08, 2021 at 07:46:54PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 07, 2021 at 08:10:32PM +0100, Beata Michalska wrote:
> > So back to the expectations.
> > The main problem, as I see it, is what do we actually want to achieve with
> > the I/O boosting? Is it supposed to compensate the time lost while waiting
> > for the I/O request to be completed or is is supposed to optimize the rate
> > at which I/O requests are being made.
> The latter, you want to increase the race of submission.
> > Do we want to boost I/O bound tasks by
> > default, no limits applied or should we care about balancing performance
> > vs power ? And unless those expectations are clearly stated, we might not
> > get too far with any changes, really.
> You want to not increase power beyond what is needed to match the rate
> of processing I suppose.

This is what I took as a baseline for my playground.
This tough means we will be are operating on some assumptions (unless we go for
some major rework) and that boosting may not reach the highest level in some cases.
For those, I guess we will have to use another way to deal with performance.

Thanks for your comments.