[Drbd-dev] [PATCH 00/13] convert block layer to bioset_init()/mempool_init()

Jens Axboe axboe at kernel.dk
Mon May 21 18:20:47 CEST 2018

On 5/21/18 10:09 AM, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> On Mon, May 21 2018 at 11:36am -0400,
> Jens Axboe <axboe at kernel.dk> wrote:
>> On 5/21/18 9:18 AM, Mike Snitzer wrote:
>>> On Mon, May 21 2018 at 11:09am -0400,
>>> Jens Axboe <axboe at kernel.dk> wrote:
>>>> On 5/21/18 9:04 AM, Mike Snitzer wrote:
>>>>> On Mon, May 21 2018 at 10:52am -0400,
>>>>> Jens Axboe <axboe at kernel.dk> wrote:
> ...
>>>>>> IMHO you're making a big deal out of something that should not be.
>>>>> I raised an issue that had seemingly not been considered at all.  Not
>>>>> making a big deal.  Raising it for others' benefit.
>>>>>> If the dm bits are that sensitive and cache line honed to perfection
>>>>>> already due to previous regressions in that area, then it might
>>>>>> not be a bad idea to have some compile checks for false cacheline
>>>>>> sharing between sensitive members, or spilling of a sub-struct
>>>>>> into multiple cachelines.
>>>>>> It's not like this was pushed behind your back. It's posted for
>>>>>> review. It's quite possible the net change is a win for dm. Let's
>>>>>> focus on getting it reviewed, rather than pontificate on what
>>>>>> could potentially go all wrong with this.
>>>>> Why are you making this personal?  Or purely about DM?  I'm merely
>>>>> pointing out this change isn't something that can be given a quick
>>>>> blanket "looks good".
>>>> I'm not making this personal at all?! You raised a (valid) concern,
>>>> I'm merely stating why I don't think it's a high risk issue. I'm
>>>> assuming your worry is related to dm, as those are the reports
>>>> that would ultimately land on your desk.
>>> Then we'll just agree to disagree with what this implies: "It's not like
>>> this was pushed behind your back."
>> I'm afraid you've lost me now - it was not pushed behind your back,
>> it was posted for review, with you on the CC list. Not trying to
>> be deliberately dense here, I just don't see what our disagreement is.
> You're having an off day ;)  Mondays and all?
> I just raised an alignment concern that needs to be considered during
> review by all stakeholders.  Wasn't upset at all.  Maybe my email tone
> came off otherwise?
> And then you got confused by me pointing out how it was weird for you to
> suggest I felt this stuff was pushed behind my back.. and went on to
> think I really think that.  It's almost like you're a confused hypnotist
> seeding me with paranoid dilutions. ;)
> /me waits for Jens to snap his fingers so he can just slowly step away
> from this line of discussion that is solidly dead now...

Mike, wtf are you talking about.

>>> Reality is I'm fine with the change.  Just think there is follow-on work
>>> (now or later) that is needed.
>> It's not hard to run the quick struct layout checks or alignment. If
>> there's a concern, that should be done now, instead of being deferred to
>> later. There's no point merging something that we expect to have
>> follow-on work. If that's the case, then it should not be merged. There
>> are no dependencies in the patchset, except that the last patch
>> obviously can't be applied until all of the previous ones are in.
> Cool, sounds good.
>> I took a quick look at the struct mapped_device layout, which I'm
>> assuming is the most important on the dm side. It's pretty big to
>> begin with, obviously this makes it bigger since we're now
>> embedding the bio_sets. On my config, doesn't show any false sharing
>> that would be problematic, or layout changes that would worry me. FWIW.
> Great, thanks, do you happen to have a tree you can push so others can
> get a quick compile and look at the series fully applied?

I do not, I simply ran a quick analysis of the layout, then applied the
full patchset, and repeated that exercise. Literally a 5 minute thing.
I haven't applied the series, so haven't pushed anything out.

> BTW, I'm upstream DM maintainer but I have a role in caring for related
> subsystems (e.g. block core, etc) in downstream releases.. *cough* RHEL.
> So this alignment concern wasn't ever purely about DM.

I tend to care about that too...

Jens Axboe

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