Re: [Kiobuf-io-devel] RFC: Kernel mechanism: Compound event wait /notify + callback chains

From: Christoph Hellwig (
Date: Fri Feb 02 2001 - 06:51:35 EST

On Thu, Feb 01, 2001 at 09:25:08PM +0000, Stephen C. Tweedie wrote:
> > No. Just allow passing the multiple of the devices blocksize over
> > ll_rw_block.
> That was just one example: you need the sub-ios just as much when
> you split up an IO over stripe boundaries in LVM or raid0, for
> example.

IIRC that's why you designed (and I thought of independandly) clone-kiobufs.

> Secondly, ll_rw_block needs to die anyway: you can expand
> the blocksize up to PAGE_SIZE but not beyond, whereas something like
> ll_rw_kiobuf can submit a much larger IO atomically (and we have
> devices which don't start to deliver good throughput until you use
> IO sizes of 1MB or more).

Completly agreed.

> If I've got a vector (page X, offset 0, length PAGE_SIZE) and I want
> to split it in two, I have to make two new vectors (page X, offset 0,
> length n) and (page X, offset n, length PAGE_SIZE-n). That implies
> copying both vectors.
> If I have a page vector with a single offset/length pair, I can build
> a new header with the same vector and modified offset/length to split
> the vector in two without copying it.

You just say in the higher-level structure ignore from x to y even if
they have an offset in their own vector.


Of course it doesn't work. We've performed a software upgrade.
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