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From: Pavel Begunkov <>
To: "Carter Li 李通洲" <>
Cc: io-uring <>
Subject: Re: [FEATURE REQUEST] Specify a sqe won't generate a cqe
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 15:52:02 +0300
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On 2/14/2020 2:27 PM, Carter Li 李通洲 wrote:
>> 2020年2月14日 下午6:34,Pavel Begunkov <> 写道:
>> On 2/14/2020 11:29 AM, Carter Li 李通洲 wrote:
>>> To implement io_uring_wait_cqe_timeout, we introduce a magic number
>>> called `LIBURING_UDATA_TIMEOUT`. The problem is that not only we
>>> must make sure that users should never set sqe->user_data to
>>> LIBURING_UDATA_TIMEOUT, but also introduce extra complexity to
>>> filter out TIMEOUT cqes.
>>> Former discussion:
>>> I’m suggesting introducing a new SQE flag called IOSQE_IGNORE_CQE
>>> to solve this problem.
>>> For a sqe tagged with IOSQE_IGNORE_CQE flag, it won’t generate a cqe
>>> on completion. So that IORING_OP_TIMEOUT can be filtered on kernel
>>> side.
>>> In addition, `IOSQE_IGNORE_CQE` can be used to save cq size.
>>> For example `POLL_ADD(POLLIN)->READ/RECV` link chain, people usually
>>> don’t care the result of `POLL_ADD` is ( since it will always be
>>> POLLIN ), `IOSQE_IGNORE_CQE` can be set on `POLL_ADD` to save lots
>>> of cq size.
>>> Besides POLL_ADD, people usually don’t care the result of POLL_REMOVE
>>> /TIMEOUT_REMOVE/ASYNC_CANCEL/CLOSE. These operations can also be tagged
>>> Thoughts?
>> I like the idea! And that's one of my TODOs for the eBPF plans.
>> Let me list my use cases, so we can think how to extend it a bit.
>> 1. In case of link fail, we need to reap all -ECANCELLED, analise it and
>> resubmit the rest. It's quite inconvenient. We may want to have CQE only
>> for not cancelled requests.
>> 2. When chain succeeded, you in the most cases already know the result
>> of all intermediate CQEs, but you still need to reap and match them.
>> I'd prefer to have only 1 CQE per link, that is either for the first
>> failed or for the last request in the chain.
>> These 2 may shed much processing overhead from the userspace.
> I couldn't agree more!
> Another problem is that io_uring_enter will be awaked for completion of
> every operation in a link, which results in unnecessary context switch.
> When awaked, users have nothing to do but issue another io_uring_enter
> syscall to wait for completion of the entire link chain.

Good point. Sounds like I have one more thing to do :)
Would the behaviour as in the (2) cover all your needs?

There is a nuisance with linked timeouts, but I think it's reasonable
for REQ->LINKED_TIMEOUT, where it didn't fired, notify only for REQ

>> 3. If we generate requests by eBPF even the notion of per-request event
>> may broke.
>> - eBPF creating new requests would also need to specify user-data, and
>>  this may be problematic from the user perspective.
>> - may want to not generate CQEs automatically, but let eBPF do it.
>> -- 
>> Pavel Begunkov

Pavel Begunkov

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Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-02-14  8:29 Carter Li 李通洲
2020-02-14 10:34 ` Pavel Begunkov
2020-02-14 11:27   ` Carter Li 李通洲
2020-02-14 12:52     ` Pavel Begunkov [this message]
2020-02-14 13:27       ` Carter Li 李通洲
2020-02-14 14:16         ` Pavel Begunkov

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