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SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] TCM/LIO v4.0.0-rc6 for 2.6.37-rc6
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On Sat, 2010-12-18 at 18:16 +0300, Vladislav Bolkhovitin wrote:
> James Bottomley, on 12/18/2010 02:26 AM wrote:
> > Look, let me try to make it simple: It's not about the community you
> > bring to the table, it's about the community you have to join when you
> > become part of the linux kernel. The interactions in the wider
> > community are critical to the success of an open source project. You've
> > had the opportunity to interact with a couple of them: sysfs we've
> > covered elsewhere, but in the STGT case you basically said, here's our
> > interface, use it. LIO actually asked what they wanted and constructed
> > something to fit. Why are you amazed then when the STGT people seem to
> > prefer LIO?
> >
> > You've also spent a lot of time doing ad hominem attacks on people who
> > you think disagree with you. Christoph can be abrasive and sometimes a
> > little tactless, but he's not often wrong on technical issues, and when
> > he is he's usually amenable to technical argument. He gave both LIO and
> > SCST pointers about improvements. LIO implemented enough that he felt
> > comfortable sending in fairly radical cleanup patches ... again, it's no
> > real surprise he prefers LIO to work with.
> >
> > Basically, in the years we've been at this, you've failed to convince
> > any of the key people I rely on to help maintain SCSI to advocate for
> > SCST or even to send in patches for it ... they all seem to be either
> > neutral or leaning towards LIO.
>
> OK, then how those years looked from our side.
>
> In the beginning decision to go on with STGT was done completely behind
> my back. ChristophH and MikeC did review of SCST code, but from comments
> I've seen and SCST patches Mike was preparing it was obvious for me that
> Christoph and Mike not really understood all the tasks SCST is solving
> and, hence why its code so complicated. Particularly, the goal of all
> the code to provide 1:many pass-through was not understood. But nobody
> asked me to explain. The need in the 1:many pass-through code was
> understood only much later after
> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.scsi/31288. The decision to go ahead
> with STGT was just taken. I knew about it only after I accidentally saw
> some related discussion
> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.iscsi.iscsi-target.devel/1996/focus=2022.
> When I tried to explain that it's wrong, I wasn't heard.
>
> You were attracted by the STGT idea by 2 points:
>
> 1. Minimal in-kernel maintenance effort.
>
> 2. Believe that mmap'ing user space pages can provide similar
> performance as fully in-kernel approach.
>
> I disagreed with both. I wasn't heard. But it turned out that at least
> one person in the Linux kernel community agreed with me: Linus Torvalds.
> See http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/4/24/364 for (1) and
> http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/2/4/253 for (2).
>
> Then I kept sending SCST patches and they were ignored by you and "the
> key people". We were told that STGT is "good enough" despite of all the
> obvious problems it has.

This is a slightly prismatic view of history. Firstly, LIO had wanted
into the kernel from way back in the PyX days and secondly, both code
bases (LIO and STGT) were impenetrably dense, had unacceptable /proc
interfaces plus a whole host of other nasties. The decision to choose a
smaller (by an order of magnitutde) and more flexible implementation
that was in accord with all of the basic Linux necessities was a pretty
obvious one.

From a performance point of view, (which is what the thread was about),
I'm OK with the assertion that there is a point where kernel/user
transitions dominate (by your own figures somewhere above 1GbE) which is
about the only reason I'm willing to consider an in-kernel solution.

> Then suddenly NicholasB appeared with his LIO and suddenly what I was
> writing for years was acknowledged correct: STGT isn't good enough and
> must be replaced by the fully in-kernel approach.

I'm not sure where you read that. I said, for performance, adding
in-kernel components to STGT would be OK ... keeping the user space
flexibility is still equally (or more) important.

> So, it turned out that I was right all those years and convinced all the
> key people at once by the NicholasB hands?
>
> So, writing that I failed to convince any of the key people isn't quite
> correct.
>
> It looks like those years I've been staying a step ahead and wasn't
> heard. What were the reasons for it? My limited English, which isn't my
> native language, so I can't use it similarly correctly and clearly as
> native Americans can? I'm working hard to improve it and, hopefully,
> progress is noticeable. Similarly, I'm willing to improve in any other
> area. Just tell me what should be done?

Well, you and Nick have each kept repeating that about your respective
products ... it's the Bellman gambit. From the performance point of
view, you're both about equal ... the Niche Features piece I've covered
elsewhere.

Fewer than half of the key players in the storage area are native
english speakers.

James




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