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SubjectRe: [patch 3/3] raid5: only wakeup necessary threads
Hello,

On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 01:52:10PM +0800, shli@kernel.org wrote:
> If there are no enough stripes to handle, we'd better now always queue all
> available work_structs. If one worker can only handle small or even none
> stripes, it will impact request merge and create lock contention.
>
> With this patch, the number of work_struct running will depend on pending
> stripes number. Not some statistics info used in the patch are accessed without
> locking protection. Yhis should doesn't matter, we just try best to avoid queue
> unnecessary work_struct.

I haven't really followed the code but two general comments.

* Stacking drivers in general should always try to keep the bios
passing through in the same order that they are received. The order
of bios is an important information to the io scheduler and io
scheduling will suffer badly if the bios are shuffled by the
stacking driver. It'd probably be a good idea to have a mechanism
to keep the issue order intact even when multiple workers are
employed.

* While limiting the number of work_struct dynamically could be
beneficial and it's upto Neil, it'd be nice if you can accompany it
with some numbers so that whether such optimization actually is
worthwhile or not can be decided. The same goes for the whole
series, I suppose.

Thanks.

--
tejun


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