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SubjectRe: Distributed storage.
On Mon, Aug 13, 2007 at 02:08:57AM -0700, Daniel Phillips ( wrote:
> > But that idea fails as well, since reference counts and IO completion
> > are two completely seperate entities. So unless end IO just happens
> > to be the last user holding a reference to the bio, you cannot free
> > it.
> That is not a problem. When bio_put hits zero it calls ->endio instead
> of the destructor. The ->endio sees that the count is zero and
> destroys the bio.

This is not a very good solution, since it requires all users of the
bios to know how to free it. Right now it is hidden.
And adds additional atomic check (although reading is quite fast) in the
end_io. And for what purpose? To eat 8 bytes on 64bit platform? This
will not reduce its size noticebly, so the same number of bios will be
in the cache's page, so what is a gain? All this cleanups and logic
complicatins should be performed only if after size shring increased
number of bios can fit into cache's page, will it be done after such

Evgeniy Polyakov
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