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Subject[ANNOUNCE 0/7] Open-iSCSI/Linux-iSCSI-5 High-Performance Initiator
This is open-iscsi/linux-iscsi-5 Initiator. This submission is ready for
inclusion into mainline kernel.

It contains:

- iscsi data path (iscsi_tcp)
- iscsi transport class (scsi_transport_iscsi).

This Initiator depends on this transport class, but not vice versa: the
transport class is common, generic, and isolated from this concrete iscsi
implementation by scsi_transport_iscsi.h interface (see the header file
and/or diagrams on the open-iscsi website). Initiator's control plane (supplied
separately at also does
not depend on iscsi_tcp data path implementation - it's multi-transport
capability is ensured by the the transport class itself.

Changes since 05/05/05 submission
* Stability: fixed a number of races between eh_abort(), conn_destroy(), abort
timeout, etc.

* Performance improvements.

* Internally reviewed and cleaned up all the code, to the best of our ability.

* Exported transport and session/connection information via sysfs.

* Removed not-greater-than-page-size restriction; should be able to support
applications using sg (tested) and presumably, st as well.

The entire Initiator source including user space tools is available at and/or svn
(, r363).

The same tarball can be downloaded from the linux-iscsi project page on
sourceforge at

Many people contributed to testing. In particular, special thanks to:

Pascal Renauld, Harald Kubota, Olivier Galibert, Arne Redlich.

* misleading printout in top-level Makefile fixed
* new ITT encoding implemented, should protect us from not well behaved targets
* ctask->in_progress state machine depricated. using direct PDU header processing
* using eh_host_reset_handler() to unjam iscsi session in case of interface fluks
* more verificiation done before r2t response processing
* recovery: ctask->SCp.Status deprecated, using ctask->sc (NULL/not NULL) instead
* Mike: scsi_transport_iscsi.h copyright cleanup
* Mike: minor coding style cleanup
* Mike: fixed the error path when session class was not being unregistered
* conn_stop() vs. eh_abort(): ctask->sc serialization via xmitsema
* Mike: iscsi_tcp: remove extra tabs
* fixed race between conn_destroy() and eh_abort()
* properly flushing r2tqueue and stopping ctask from being xmited after TMF Abort
* Mike: data_recv tabs cleanup
* Mike: dockbook style comments
* Mike: rm underscore in labels to match rest of driver
* fixed limitation on number of scattered PDUs across SKBs. Discovered by Harald.
* Mike: fixed some weird braces where locks would never get dropped if run and
* session->state is no longer volatile, since we always access it under lock
* session->generation is not longer volatile; renamed as session->age
* Mike: add kernel printk values
* Mike: rm extra module get/put call
* each test-case now tested with fdisk+mkfs+bonnie
* Mike: do copyright per line
* Mike: merge iscsi_ifev.h and iscsi_if.h
* Mike: rm iscsi_iftrans.h and move include of scsi_transport_iscsi.h
* fixed iscsi_ctask_copy() buffer length bug (observed when using bonnie++ as a
part of
* Mike: rm extra braces and add a space between var declarations and code
* enabling data digest causes lock-up (Arne Redlich)
* Mike: whitespaces cleanup
* Mike: coding style cleanup
* Mike: rm extra brace and mv invalid param test
* "un-volatile" tmabort_state (volatile is not needed)
* remved session->conn_lock
* "un-volatile" conn->c_stage
* "un-volatile" conn->stop_stage
* Wang Zhenyu: [io]fmarket typo fix
* regression introduced in r341: fixed now
* send_pdu(): use xmit semaphore, now serialized vs. data_xmit()
* removed: conn->cpu and the (dead) code
* data_xmit_more(): cleaned up and moved to the data_xmit()
* comments in the iscsi_tcp.h in particular: conn->xmitsema, session->lock
* Mike: remove the ISCSI_TRANSPORT_MAX limitation from the kernel using sysfs
* updated to the recent transport class changes backward-compile-2.6.11.patch
* fixed gcc4 compilation warnings
* Mike: don't hold session->lock when deleting timer with del_timer_sync()
* Mike: don't hold xmitsema while waiting for host_busy to decrement
* Mike: deadlock fix: cannot call del_timer sync with session_lock held
* propagating transport->caps up to the daemon, fixes DATA_DIGEST nego bug
* adding max_conn, max_cmd_len and max_lun attributes for iscsi_transport
* force eh_abort to unblock while in conn_destroy() waiting
* fail host_reset() in case of session terminated
* iscsiadm crash fix when transport capability does not match
* connection struct: re-aligned Tx members with Tx, Rx with Rx
* connection suspend: split Tx and Rx suspend, cleanup
* fixed eh_abort/conn_stop() race: clear/set conn->sock under lock
* removed restriction: sg element <= PAGE_SIZE
* removed restriction: non scatter/gather request <= PAGE_SIZE


1. iscsi-tcp.c.patch - drivers/scsi/iscsi_tcp.c, iscsi data path. This is ~3000
lines 84K file, if it does not make it through, I'll split and resend. In
addition, this file is available at

2. iscsi-tcp.h.patch - drivers/scsi/iscsi_tcp.h, header file.

3. common-iscsi-headers.patch - common header files:
- iscsi_if.h (user/kernel #defines and user/kernel events);
- iscsi_proto.h (RFC3720 #defines and types);
- scsi_transport_iscsi.h (transport API, transport #defines and types).

4. iscsi-netlink.patch - include/linux/netlink.h changes (added new protocol

5. iscsi-Makefile.patch - drivers/scsi/Makefile changes.

6. iscsi-transport.patch - new iscsi transport class

7. iscsi-Kconfig.patch - drivers/scsi/Kconfig changes.


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