Since switching to blk-mq as the default in commit 5c279bd9e406
("scsi: default to scsi-mq"), virtio-scsi LUNs consume about 10x as
much kernel memory.

qemu currently allocates a fixed 128 entry virtqueue.  can_queue
currently is set to 1024.  But with indirect descriptors, each command
in the queue takes 1 virtqueue entry, so the number of commands which
can be queued is equal to the length of the virtqueue.

Note I intend to send a patch to qemu to allow the virtqueue size to
be configured from the qemu command line.

Thanks Paolo Bonzini, Christoph Hellwig.

Signed-off-by: Richard W.M. Jones <>
 drivers/scsi/virtio_scsi.c | 2 ++
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/scsi/virtio_scsi.c b/drivers/scsi/virtio_scsi.c
index 9be211d68b15..d6b4ff634c0d 100644
--- a/drivers/scsi/virtio_scsi.c
+++ b/drivers/scsi/virtio_scsi.c
@@ -972,6 +972,8 @@ static int virtscsi_probe(struct virtio_device *vdev)
        if (err)
                goto virtscsi_init_failed;
+       shost->can_queue = virtqueue_get_vring_size(vscsi->req_vqs[0].vq);
        cmd_per_lun = virtscsi_config_get(vdev, cmd_per_lun) ?: 1;
        shost->cmd_per_lun = min_t(u32, cmd_per_lun, shost->can_queue);
        shost->max_sectors = virtscsi_config_get(vdev, max_sectors) ?: 0xFFFF;

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