Commit bd11b3a3 authored by Jens Axboe's avatar Jens Axboe
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io_uring: don't use iov_iter_advance() for fixed buffers

Hrvoje reports that when a large fixed buffer is registered and IO is
being done to the latter pages of said buffer, the IO submission time
is much worse:

reading to the start of the buffer: 11238 ns
reading to the end of the buffer:   1039879 ns

In fact, it's worse by two orders of magnitude. The reason for that is
how io_uring figures out how to setup the iov_iter. We point the iter
at the first bvec, and then use iov_iter_advance() to fast-forward to
the offset within that buffer we need.

However, that is abysmally slow, as it entails iterating the bvecs
that we setup as part of buffer registration. There's really no need
to use this generic helper, as we know it's a BVEC type iterator, and
we also know that each bvec is PAGE_SIZE in size, apart from possibly
the first and last. Hence we can just use a shift on the offset to
find the right index, and then adjust the iov_iter appropriately.
After this fix, the timings are:

reading to the start of the buffer: 10135 ns
reading to the end of the buffer:   1377 ns

Or about an 755x improvement for the tail page.
Reported-by: default avatarHrvoje Zeba <>
Tested-by: default avatarHrvoje Zeba <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarJens Axboe <>
parent 6a43074e
......@@ -1066,8 +1066,44 @@ static int io_import_fixed(struct io_ring_ctx *ctx, int rw,
offset = buf_addr - imu->ubuf;
iov_iter_bvec(iter, rw, imu->bvec, imu->nr_bvecs, offset + len);
if (offset)
iov_iter_advance(iter, offset);
if (offset) {
* Don't use iov_iter_advance() here, as it's really slow for
* using the latter parts of a big fixed buffer - it iterates
* over each segment manually. We can cheat a bit here, because
* we know that:
* 1) it's a BVEC iter, we set it up
* 2) all bvecs are PAGE_SIZE in size, except potentially the
* first and last bvec
* So just find our index, and adjust the iterator afterwards.
* If the offset is within the first bvec (or the whole first
* bvec, just use iov_iter_advance(). This makes it easier
* since we can just skip the first segment, which may not
* be PAGE_SIZE aligned.
const struct bio_vec *bvec = imu->bvec;
if (offset <= bvec->bv_len) {
iov_iter_advance(iter, offset);
} else {
unsigned long seg_skip;
/* skip first vec */
offset -= bvec->bv_len;
seg_skip = 1 + (offset >> PAGE_SHIFT);
iter->bvec = bvec + seg_skip;
iter->nr_segs -= seg_skip;
iter->count -= (seg_skip << PAGE_SHIFT);
iter->iov_offset = offset & ~PAGE_MASK;
if (iter->iov_offset)
iter->count -= iter->iov_offset;
return 0;
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