Re: [PATCH 00/26] Zone write plugging

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On 2/6/24 10:25, Bart Van Assche wrote:
> On 2/5/24 16:07, Damien Le Moal wrote:
>> On 2/6/24 03:18, Bart Van Assche wrote:
>>> Are there numbers available about the performance differences (bandwidth
>>> and latency) between plugging zoned write bios and zoned write plugging
>>> requests?
>> Finish reading the cover letter. It has lots of measurements with rc2, Jens
>> block/for-next and ZWP...
> Hmm ... as far as I know nobody ever implemented zoned write plugging
> for requests in the block layer core so these numbers can't be in the
> cover letter.

No, I have not implemented zone write plugging for requests as I beleive it
would lead to very similar results as zone write locking, that is, a potential
problem with efficiently using a device in a mixed read/write workload as
having too many plugged writes can lead to read starvation (blocking of read
submission on request allocation when nr_requests is reached).

> Has the bio plugging approach perhaps been chosen because it works
> better for bio-based device mapper drivers?

Not that it "works better" but rather that doing plugging at the BIO level
allows re-using the exact same code for zone append emulation, and write
ordering (if a DM driver wants the block layer to handle that). We had zone
append emulation implemented for DM (for dm-crypt) using BIOs and in scsi sd
driver using requests. ZWP unifies all this and will trivially allow enabling
that emulation for other device types as well (e.g. NVMe ZNS drives that do not
have native zone append support).

Damien Le Moal
Western Digital Research

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