Re: Resizing io_uring SQ/CQ?

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On 3/9/23 6:38?PM, Ming Lei wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 09, 2023 at 08:48:08AM -0500, Stefan Hajnoczi wrote:
>> Hi,
>> For block I/O an application can queue excess SQEs in userspace when the
>> SQ ring becomes full. For network and IPC operations that is not
>> possible because deadlocks can occur when socket, pipe, and eventfd SQEs
>> cannot be submitted.
> Can you explain a bit the deadlock in case of network application? io_uring
> does support to queue many network SQEs via IOSQE_IO_LINK, at least for
> send.
>> Sometimes the application does not know how many SQEs/CQEs are needed upfront
>> and that's when we face this challenge.
> When running out of SQEs,  the application can call io_uring_enter() to submit
> queued SQEs immediately without waiting for get events, then once
> io_uring_enter() returns, you get free SQEs for moving one.
>> A simple solution is to call io_uring_setup(2) with a higher entries
>> value than you'll ever need. However, if that value is exceeded then
>> we're back to the deadlock scenario and that worries me.
> Can you please explain the deadlock scenario?

I'm also curious of what these deadlocks are. As Ming says, you
generally never run out of SQEs as you can always just submit what you
have pending and now you have a full queue size worth of them available

I do think resizing the CQ ring may have some merit, as for networking
you may want to start smaller and resize it if you run into overflows as
those will be less efficient. But I'm somewhat curious on the reasonings
for wanting to resize the SQ ring?

Jens Axboe

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