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[Qemu-devel] [PATCH v4 0/7] virtio-blk: multiqueue support

From: Stefan Hajnoczi
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v4 0/7] virtio-blk: multiqueue support
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:13:09 +0100

 * Rebased onto qemu.git/master
 * Included latest performance results

 * Drop Patch 1 to batch guest notify for non-dataplane

   The Linux AIO completion BH and the virtio-blk batch notify BH changed order
   in the AioContext->first_bh list as a side-effect of moving the BH from
   hw/block/dataplane/virtio-blk.c to hw/block/virtio-blk.c.  This caused a
   serious performance regression for both dataplane and non-dataplane.

   I've decided not to move the BH in this series and work on a separate
   solution for making batch notify generic.

   The remaining patches have been reordered and cleaned up.

 * See performance data below.

 * Simplify s->rq live migration [Paolo]
 * Use more efficient bitmap ops for batch notification [Paolo]
 * Fix perf regression due to batch notify BH in wrong AioContext [Christian]

The virtio_blk guest driver has supported multiple virtqueues since Linux 3.17.
This patch series adds multiple virtqueues to QEMU's virtio-blk emulated

Ming Lei sent patches previously but these were not merged.  This series
implements virtio-blk multiqueue for QEMU from scratch since the codebase has
changed.  Live migration support for s->rq was also missing from the previous
series and has been added.

It's important to note that QEMU's block layer does not support multiqueue yet.
Therefore virtio-blk device processes all virtqueues in the same AioContext
(IOThread).  Further work is necessary to take advantage of multiqueue support
in QEMU's block layer once it becomes available.

Performance results:

Using virtio-blk-pci,num-queues=4 can produce a speed-up but -smp 4
introduces a lot of variance across runs.  No pinning was performed.

RHEL 7.2 guest on RHEL 7.2 host with 1 vcpu and 1 GB RAM unless otherwise
noted.  The default configuration of the Linux null_blk driver is used as

$ cat files/fio.job


$ ./analyze.py runs/
Name                                   IOPS   Error
v4-smp-4-dataplane               13326598.0 ± 6.31%
v4-smp-4-dataplane-no-mq         11483568.0 ± 3.42%
v4-smp-4-no-dataplane            18108611.6 ± 1.53%
v4-smp-4-no-dataplane-no-mq      13951225.6 ± 7.81%

Stefan Hajnoczi (7):
  virtio-blk: add VirtIOBlockConf->num_queues
  virtio-blk: multiqueue batch notify
  virtio-blk: tell dataplane which vq to notify
  virtio-blk: associate request with a virtqueue
  virtio-blk: live migrate s->rq with multiqueue
  virtio-blk: dataplane multiqueue support
  virtio-blk: add num-queues device property

 hw/block/dataplane/virtio-blk.c | 81 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++------------
 hw/block/dataplane/virtio-blk.h |  2 +-
 hw/block/virtio-blk.c           | 52 +++++++++++++++++++++-----
 include/hw/virtio/virtio-blk.h  |  6 ++-
 4 files changed, 105 insertions(+), 36 deletions(-)


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