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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/7] discard support revisited
On Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 10:15:34PM -0400, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 05:37:19PM -0600, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> > I think we're going to need to figure out whether we should be sending
> > UNMAP or WRITE SAME ... probably need to dive back into the T10 poostorm
> > to see what's going on.
>
> Good question. Latest I had heard was that at least one array vendor
> prefers the WRITE SAME. To me it looks like the much saner interface
> for the OS, so unless there are arrays that strongly prefer UNMAP or
> we need to make use of the multiple extends feature in it I'd go with
> WRITE SAME as first choice.

I think we're going to see a split in array vendors, tbh. Many were
very upset at the thought of taking out multiple extents from the UNMAP
command. Which I suggested, because frankly it's insane.

> > Jens had some objections to the block layer bits last time I posted
> > these. I forget what they were now (this would have been around May
> > 2nd, I think). What I've done instead in my current patchset (which
> > undoubtedly has bugs because it isn't tested, because I'm not supposed
> > to be working on the weekends) is to make sd_prep_fn() call a new method
> > in the scsi_host_template. That should translate the discard request
> > into a BLOCK_PC ATA_16 command, and we'll all be happy.
> >
> > It goes a little something like this:
> > http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/willy/ssd.git;a=shortlog;h=trim-20090829
> >
> > Right now, the test tool is telling me 'Operation not supported', and
> > I haven't tried to figure out why yet.
>
> Queue flag and handling the discard in the prep function is much better
> than the prepare function, yes. I don't like the prep_fn callout to the
> host a lot.

No, but I think we can make it more palatable. Look at the ugly USB
hack for accessing near the end of the disc that we have in sd_prep_fn
right now. If we can push that into the USB driver, I think that'll make
everybody happier.

This also gives us an interesting opportunity to experiment with
translating read/write commands directly into ATA_16 commands rather than
going through the SCSI translation first. That should save a few cycles.

> If we go with WRITE SAME as prefered discard option for
> scsi translating it to TRIM should be relatively easy, it uses the same
> LBA/length encoding as the regular WRITE_16, except that the payload is
> just a single sector. That should be not too hard to implement in the
> SAT layer.

It should avoid the difficulty in translating the command size, true.

--
Matthew Wilcox Intel Open Source Technology Centre
"Bill, look, we understand that you're interested in selling us this
operating system, but compare it to ours. We can't possibly take such
a retrograde step."


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