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SubjectRe: [PATCH] block: fix q->max_segment_size checking in blk_recalc_rq_segments about VMERGE
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From: James Bottomley <James.Bottomley@HansenPartnership.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2008 09:52:25 -0500

> Since we're using it successfully in parisc, I don't want the block code
> removed, but I don't see a reason to force other architectures to use
> it.
>
> However, it has two use cases. One is the legacy one of making rather
> dumb I/O cards perform better (which is the primary on on parisc), but
> there is a current one making huge transfers go through SCSI using using
> the sg_table code. That latter is pretty vital to me since I have to
> keep the code working, but I don't really have any SCSI cards that can
> take advantage of it without virtual merging. As a slight irony, IBM is
> trying to persuade me that a ppc would be better than a parisc for big
> endian I/O testing ... so I might just be seeing if I can make virtual
> merging work on power too.

All of this is gibberish, we've been over this a few times already
in this thread.

For a dumb I/O card, you advertise SG_ALL capabilities, the IOMMU
is going to merge things as it would have anyways, and you have
code in the driver to advance SG entries after each "dumb I/O".

There is zero value to the vmerge code, the real gains are being
realized already.


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