RE: boot stall regression due to blk-mq: use percpu_ref for mq usage count
From: Elliott, Robert (Server Storage)
Date: Tue Sep 23 2014 - 10:58:59 EST
> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-kernel-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:linux-kernel-
> owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Tejun Heo
> Sent: Tuesday, 23 September, 2014 1:12 AM
> To: Christoph Hellwig
> Cc: Jens Axboe; linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; linux-scsi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: boot stall regression due to blk-mq: use percpu_ref for mq usage
> On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 08:09:06AM +0200, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 02:01:41AM -0400, Tejun Heo wrote:
> > > On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 07:59:24AM +0200, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > > > "[PATCHSET percpu/for-3.18] percpu_ref: implement
> > > >
> > > > looks way to big for 3.17, and the regression was introduced in the
> > > > merge window. I'm not sure what was broken before, but it defintively
> > > > survived a lot of testing.
> > >
> > > Do we even care about fixing it for 3.17? scsi-mq isn't enabled by
> > > default even for 3.18. The open-coded percpu ref thing was subtly
> > > broken there. It'd be difficult to trigger but I'm fairly sure it'd
> > > crap out in the wild once in a blue moon.
> > It's compiled in by default, and people are extremly eager to test it.
> Ugh, I don't know. It's not like we have a very good baseline we can
> go back to and reverting it for -stable and then redoing it seems
> kinda excessive for a yet experimental feature. Jens?
scsi_mod.use_blk_mq is not listed in 3.17rc6 Documentation/kernel-
parameters.txt or Documentation/scsi/scsi-parameters.txt (which
does admit "This document may not be entirely up to date and
Perhaps a description with an "experimental" warning could be
slipped into scsi-parameters.txt in 3.17, with plans to remove
that warning in 3.18.
Rob Elliott HP Server Storage
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