Re: [RFC PATCH v2 15/21] loop: use aio to perform io on the underlyingfile

From: Dave Kleikamp
Date: Fri Apr 20 2012 - 11:57:31 EST

On 04/20/2012 10:52 AM, Zach Brown wrote:
> On 04/20/2012 11:20 AM, Jeff Moyer wrote:
>> Dave Kleikamp<dave.kleikamp@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>>> On 04/20/2012 09:48 AM, Maxim V. Patlasov wrote:
>>>> On 03/30/2012 07:43 PM, Dave Kleikamp wrote:
>>>>> From: Zach Brown<zab@xxxxxxxxx>
>>>>> This uses the new kernel aio interface to process loopback IO by
>>>>> submitting concurrent direct aio. Previously loop's IO was serialized
>>>>> by synchronous processing in a thread.
>>>> The patch ignores REQ_FLUSH bit of bi_rw. Is it simply overlook?
>>> Good question. Since the loop device is sending only direct IO requests,
>>> it shouldn't be necessary to explicitly flush page cache, but REQ_FLUSH
>> REQ_FLUSH isn't about the page cache, it's about flushing the volatile
>> disk write cache. You need to handle that.
> I guess O_DIRECT doesn't routinely issue flushes simply because it's too
> expensive? Apps that care about consistent IO and O_DIRECT are expected
> to not have writeback caching enabled? 'cause there's no way they're
> issuing syncs themselves.

If we weren't using aio, we might be okay, but we don't know that any
prior asynchronous request has completed.
> So yeah, I'd agree that the loop code should be reworked a bit so that
> both the filebacked and aio methods call vfs_sync() when they see

It's an easy fix. I don't anticipate that it will hurt performance too

> Bleh.
> - z
> (Sorry, no real time to dig into this now. Lots more time in two months!)
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