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Re: [PATCH] xen: add persistent grants to xbd_xenbus

On Sun, Nov 04, 2012 at 11:23:50PM +0100, Roger Pau Monne wrote:
> This patch implements persistent grants for xbd_xenbus (blkfront in
> Linux terminology). The effect of this change is to reduce the number
> of unmap operations performed, since they cause a (costly) TLB
> shootdown. This allows the I/O performance to scale better when a
> large number of VMs are performing I/O.
> On startup xbd_xenbus notifies the backend driver that it is using
> persistent grants. If the backend driver is not capable of persistent
> mapping, xbd_xenbus will still use the same grants, since it is
> compatible with the previous protocol, and simplifies the code
> complexity in xbd_xenbus.
> Each time a request is send to the backend driver, xbd_xenbus will
> check if there are free grants already mapped and will try to use one
> of those. If there are not enough grants already mapped, xbd_xenbus
> will request new grants, and they will be added to the list of free
> grants when the transaction is finished, so they can be reused. Data
> has to be copied from the request (struct buf) to the mapped grant, or
> from the mapped grant to the request, depending on the operation being
> performed.
> To test the performance impact of this patch I've benchmarked the
> number of IOPS performed simultaneously by 15 NetBSD DomU guests on a
> Linux Dom0 that supports persistent grants. The backend used to
> perform this tests was a ramdisk of size 1GB.
>                      Sum of IOPS
> Non-persistent            336718
> Persistent                686010
> As seen, there's a x2 increase in the total number of IOPS being
> performed. As a reference, using exactly the same setup Linux DomUs
> are able to achieve 1102019 IOPS, so there's still plenty of room for
> improvement.

I'd like to see a similar test run against a NetBSD dom0. Also, how big
are your IOPs ?

Manuel Bouyer <bouyer%antioche.eu.org@localhost>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference

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