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Re: [Virtio-fs] [PATCH] virtiofsd: Use --thread-pool-size=0 to mean no t

From: Miklos Szeredi
Subject: Re: [Virtio-fs] [PATCH] virtiofsd: Use --thread-pool-size=0 to mean no thread pool
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2020 10:06:37 +0100

On Fri, Nov 6, 2020 at 11:35 PM Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@redhat.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 06, 2020 at 08:33:50PM +0000, Venegas Munoz, Jose Carlos wrote:
> > Hi Vivek,
> >
> > I have tested with Kata 1.12-apha0, the results seems that are better for 
> > the use fio config I am tracking.
> >
> > The fio config does  randrw:
> >
> > fio --direct=1 --gtod_reduce=1 --name=test --filename=random_read_write.fio 
> > --bs=4k --iodepth=64 --size=200M --readwrite=randrw --rwmixread=75
> >
> Hi Carlos,
> Thanks for the testing.
> So basically two conclusions from your tests.
> - for virtiofs, --thread-pool-size=0 is performing better as comapred
>   to --thread-pool-size=1 as well as --thread-pool-size=64. Approximately
>   35-40% better.
> - virtio-9p is still approximately 30% better than virtiofs
>   --thread-pool-size=0.
> As I had done the analysis that this particular workload (mixed read and
> write) is bad with virtiofs because after every write we are invalidating
> attrs and cache so next read ends up fetching attrs again. I had posted
> patches to gain some of the performance.
> https://lore.kernel.org/linux-fsdevel/20200929185015.GG220516@redhat.com/
> But I got the feedback to look into implementing file leases instead.

Hmm, the FUSE_AUTO_INVAL_DATA feature is buggy, how about turning it
off for now?   9p doesn't have it, so no point in enabling it for
virtiofs by default.

Also I think some confusion comes from cache=auto being the default
for virtiofs.    Not sure what the default is for 9p, but comparing
default to default will definitely not be apples to apples since this
mode is nonexistent in 9p.

9p:cache=none  <-> virtiofs:cache=none
9p:cache=loose <-> virtiofs:cache=always

"9p:cache=mmap" and "virtiofs:cache=auto" have no match.

Untested patch attached.


Attachment: virtiofs-perf-fix.patch
Description: Source code patch

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