Commit a6b3f761 authored by Jan Kara's avatar Jan Kara Committed by Jens Axboe

block: Reserve only one queue tag for sync IO if only 3 tags are available

In case a device has three tags available we still reserve two of them
for sync IO. That leaves only a single tag for async IO such as
writeback from flusher thread which results in poor performance.

Allow async IO to consume two tags in case queue has three tag availabe
to get a decent async write performance.

This patch improves streaming write performance on a machine with such disk
from ~21 MB/s to ~52 MB/s. Also postmark throughput in presence of
streaming writer improves from 8 to 12 transactions per second so sync
IO doesn't seem to be harmed in presence of heavy async writer.
Signed-off-by: default avatarJan Kara <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarJens Axboe <>
parent a5faeaf9
......@@ -348,9 +348,16 @@ int blk_queue_start_tag(struct request_queue *q, struct request *rq)
max_depth = bqt->max_depth;
if (!rq_is_sync(rq) && max_depth > 1) {
max_depth -= 2;
if (!max_depth)
switch (max_depth) {
case 2:
max_depth = 1;
case 3:
max_depth = 2;
max_depth -= 2;
if (q->in_flight[BLK_RW_ASYNC] > max_depth)
return 1;
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