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SubjectRe: [PATCH V3 00/11] block-throttle: add .high limit
On Tue, Oct 04, 2016 at 07:01:39PM +0200, Paolo Valente wrote:
> > Il giorno 04 ott 2016, alle ore 18:27, Tejun Heo <> ha scritto:
> >
> > Hello,
> >
> > On Tue, Oct 04, 2016 at 06:22:28PM +0200, Paolo Valente wrote:
> >> Could you please elaborate more on this point? BFQ uses sectors
> >> served to measure service, and, on the all the fast devices on which
> >> we have tested it, it accurately distributes
> >> bandwidth as desired, redistributes excess bandwidth with any issue,
> >> and guarantees high responsiveness and low latency at application and
> >> system level (e.g., ~0 drop rate in video playback, with any background
> >> workload tested).
> >
> > The same argument as before. Bandwidth is a very bad measure of IO
> > resources spent. For specific use cases (like desktop or whatever),
> > this can work but not generally.
> >
> Actually, we have already discussed this point, and IMHO the arguments
> that (apparently) convinced you that bandwidth is the most relevant
> service guarantee for I/O in desktops and the like, prove that
> bandwidth is the most important service guarantee in servers too.
> Again, all the examples I can think of seem to confirm it:
> . file hosting: a good service must guarantee reasonable read/write,
> i.e., download/upload, speeds to users
> . file streaming: a good service must guarantee low drop rates, and
> this can be guaranteed only by guaranteeing bandwidth and latency
> . web hosting: high bandwidth and low latency needed here too
> . clouds: high bw and low latency needed to let, e.g., users of VMs
> enjoy high responsiveness and, for example, reasonable file-copy
> time
> ...
> To put in yet another way, with packet I/O in, e.g., clouds, there are
> basically the same issues, and the main goal is again guaranteeing
> bandwidth and low latency among nodes.
> Could you please provide a concrete server example (assuming we still
> agree about desktops), where I/O bandwidth does not matter while time
> does?

I don't think IO bandwidth does not matter. The problem is bandwidth can't
measure IO cost. For example, you can't say 8k IO costs 2x IO resource than 4k

> >> Could you please suggest me some test to show how sector-based
> >> guarantees fails?
> >
> > Well, mix 4k random and sequential workloads and try to distribute the
> > acteual IO resources.
> >
> If I'm not mistaken, we have already gone through this example too,
> and I thought we agreed on what service scheme worked best, again
> focusing only on desktops. To make a long story short(er), here is a
> snippet from one of our last exchanges.
> ----------
> On Sat, Apr 16, 2016 at 12:08:44AM +0200, Paolo Valente wrote:
> > Maybe the source of confusion is the fact that a simple sector-based,
> > proportional share scheduler always distributes total bandwidth
> > according to weights. The catch is the additional BFQ rule: random
> > workloads get only time isolation, and are charged for full budgets,
> > so as to not affect the schedule of quasi-sequential workloads. So,
> > the correct claim for BFQ is that it distributes total bandwidth
> > according to weights (only) when all competing workloads are
> > quasi-sequential. If some workloads are random, then these workloads
> > are just time scheduled. This does break proportional-share bandwidth
> > distribution with mixed workloads, but, much more importantly, saves
> > both total throughput and individual bandwidths of quasi-sequential
> > workloads.
> >
> > We could then check whether I did succeed in tuning timeouts and
> > budgets so as to achieve the best tradeoffs. But this is probably a
> > second-order problem as of now.

I don't see why random/sequential matters for SSD. what really matters is
request size and IO depth. Time scheduling is skeptical too, as workloads can
dispatch all IO within almost 0 time in high queue depth disks.


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