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[Qemu-block] [PATCH v2 0/5] qcow2: Make the L2 cache cover the whole ima

From: Leonid Bloch
Subject: [Qemu-block] [PATCH v2 0/5] qcow2: Make the L2 cache cover the whole image by default
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2018 23:21:17 +0300

This series makes the qcow2 L2 cache cover the entire image by default.
The importance of this change is in noticeable performance improvement,
especially with heavy random I/O. The memory overhead is not big in most
cases, as only 1 MB of cache for every 8 GB of image size is used.
For cases with very large images and/or small cluster sizes, or systems
with limited RAM resources, there is an upper limit on the default L2
cache: 32 MB. To modify this limit one can use the already existing
'l2-cache-size' and 'cache-size' options. Moreover, this fixes the
behavior of 'l2-cache-size', as it was documented as the *maximum* L2
cache size, but in practice behaved as an absolute size.

To compensate the memory overhead which may be increased following this
behavior, the default cache-clean-interval is set to 30 seconds by
default (was disabled by default before).

The L2 cache is also resized accordingly, by default, if the image is

Additionally, few minor changes are made (refactoring and documentation

Differences from v1:
* .gitignore modification patch removed (unneeded).
* The grammar fix in conflicting cache sizing patch removed (merged).
* The update total_sectors when resizing patch squashed with the
  resizing patch.
* L2 cache is now capped at 32 MB.
* The default cache-clean-interval is set to 30 seconds.

Leonid Bloch (5):
  qcow2: Options' documentation fixes
  qcow2: Make the default L2 cache sufficient to cover the entire image
  qcow2: Resize the cache upon image resizing
  qcow2: Set the default cache-clean-interval to 30 seconds
  qcow2: Explicit number replaced by a constant

 block/qcow2.c              | 47 +++++++++++++++++++-------------------
 block/qcow2.h              |  5 ++--
 docs/qcow2-cache.txt       | 30 ++++++++++++++----------
 qapi/block-core.json       |  3 ++-
 qemu-options.hx            | 11 +++++----
 tests/qemu-iotests/137     |  1 -
 tests/qemu-iotests/137.out |  1 -
 7 files changed, 53 insertions(+), 45 deletions(-)


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