[PATCH 21/25] io-controller: Per cgroup request descriptor support

Gui Jianfeng guijianfeng at cn.fujitsu.com
Mon Jul 20 22:37:56 PDT 2009

Vivek Goyal wrote:
> o Currently a request queue has got fixed number of request descriptors for
>   sync and async requests. Once the request descriptors are consumed, new
>   processes are put to sleep and they effectively become serialized. Because
>   sync and async queues are separate, async requests don't impact sync ones
>   but if one is looking for fairness between async requests, that is not
>   achievable if request queue descriptors become bottleneck.
> o Make request descriptor's per io group so that if there is lots of IO
>   going on in one cgroup, it does not impact the IO of other group.
> o This is just one relatively simple way of doing things. This patch will
>   probably change after the feedback. Folks have raised concerns that in
>   hierchical setup, child's request descriptors should be capped by parent's
>   request descriptors. May be we need to have per cgroup per device files
>   in cgroups where one can specify the upper limit of request descriptors
>   and whenever a cgroup is created one needs to assign request descritor
>   limit making sure total sum of child's request descriptor is not more than
>   of parent.
>   I guess something like memory controller. Anyway, that would be the next
>   step. For the time being, we have implemented something simpler as follows.
> o This patch implements the per cgroup request descriptors. request pool per
>   queue is still common but every group will have its own wait list and its
>   own count of request descriptors allocated to that group for sync and async
>   queues. So effectively request_list becomes per io group property and not a
>   global request queue feature.
> o Currently one can define q->nr_requests to limit request descriptors
>   allocated for the queue. Now there is another tunable q->nr_group_requests
>   which controls the requests descriptr limit per group. q->nr_requests
>   supercedes q->nr_group_requests to make sure if there are lots of groups
>   present, we don't end up allocating too many request descriptors on the
>   queue.

  Hi Vivek,

  In order to prevent q->nr_requests from becoming the bottle-neck of allocating
  requests, whether we can update nr_requests accordingly when allocating or removing
  a cgroup?

Gui Jianfeng

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