Re: [RFT] Support for ~2144 SCSI discs

From: Jeremy Higdon (
Date: Tue Jul 31 2001 - 02:41:32 EST

With the sard patch and a 64 bit system, you start having
trouble at around 103 configured disks, because of the following
line in sd_init() (sd.c), because kmalloc doesn't like allocating
large chunks of memory:

        sd = kmalloc((sd_template.dev_max << 4) *
                                          sizeof(struct hd_struct),

Without sard, you'd have problems past 512 disks.

With the sard patch, the hd_struct looks like the following:

struct hd_struct {
        long start_sect;
        long nr_sects;
        devfs_handle_t de; /* primary (master) devfs entry */

        int number; /* stupid old code wastes space */

        /* Performance stats: */
        unsigned int ios_in_flight;
        unsigned int io_ticks;
        unsigned int last_idle_time;
        unsigned int last_queue_change;
        unsigned int aveq;

        unsigned int rd_ios;
        unsigned int rd_merges;
        unsigned int rd_ticks;
        unsigned int rd_sectors;
        unsigned int wr_ios;
        unsigned int wr_merges;
        unsigned int wr_ticks;
        unsigned int wr_sectors;

The caveat is that I'm looking at a patch that is a few months old (I
couldn't find where the latest version of the kernel patch is).


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