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SubjectRe: Bio pool & scsi scatter gather pool usage
On Thu, 18 Apr 2002, Andrew Morton wrote:

> Alan Cox wrote:
> >
> > > Perhaps, but calls are expensive. Repeated calls down stacked block
> > > devices will add up. In only the most unusually cases will there
> >
> > You don't need to repeatedly query. At bind time you can compute the
> > limit for any device heirarchy and be done with it.
> >
> S'pose so. The ideal request size is variable, based
> on the alignment. So for exampe if the start block is
> halfway into a stripe, the ideal BIO size is half a stripe.
> But that's a pretty simple table to generate once-off,
> as you say.

Perhaps we can return request size _and_ stripe alignment at bind time.
Then we can do the right thing for RAID/LVM/etc in a pretty
straightforward manner. LVMs of RAIDs can return an GCD(LVM stripe, RAID
stripe) and non-striped devices can return 0 to indicate no restrictions.

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