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SubjectRe: BLKSECDISCARD ioctl and hung tasks
On Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 5:20 PM Salman Qazi <sqazi@google.com> wrote:
>
> On Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 3:07 PM Theodore Y. Ts'o <tytso@mit.edu> wrote:
> >
> > This is a problem we've been strugging with in other contexts. For
> > example, if you have the hung task timer set to 2 minutes, and the
> > system to panic if the hung task timer exceeds that, and an NFS server
> > which the client is writing to crashes, and it takes longer for the
> > NFS server to come back, that might be a situation where we might want
> > to exempt the hung task warning from panic'ing the system. On the
> > other hand, if the process is failing to schedule for other reasons,
> > maybe we would still want the hung task timeout to go off.
> >
> > So I've been meditating over whether the right answer is to just
> > globally configure the hung task timer to something like 5 or 10
> > minutes (which would require no kernel changes, yay?), or have some
> > way of telling the hung task timeout logic that it shouldn't apply, or
> > should have a different timeout, when we're waiting for I/O to
> > complete.
>
> The problem that I anticipate in our space is that a generous timeout
> will make impatient people reboot their chromebooks, losing us
> information
> about hangs. But, this can be worked around by having multiple
> different timeouts. For instance, a thread that is expecting to do
> something slow, can set a flag
> to indicate that it wishes to be held against the more generous
> criteria. This is something I am tempted to do on older kernels where
> we might not feel
> comfortable backporting io_uring.

I was going to reply along the same lines when I got distracted by a
mtg. If anything I'd like to see a LOWER hung task timeout, generally
speaking. And maybe that means having more operations be asynchronous
like Ted suggests (I'm generally a fan of that anyway).

[snipped good suggestion about async interface]

Jesse

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