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SubjectRe: ORBS Elevator...
On Sun, Jul 30, 2000 at 09:39:25AM +0200, Rogier Wolff wrote:
> One of the main problems is that in average use, there is just one or
> two threads reading stuff from the disk. The threads will be "blocked
> waiting for IO to complete" and issue their next IO request after they
> have the results of the current IO. So at most there will be just one
> or two requests in the disk queue that you can order either the right
> way around, or the wrong way around.

Thats why one can use mmap(). This basically lets the OS decide,
_when_ to map a page into physical RAM and when to flush it. So
we can reorder, as we like. What we miss is a list of pages that
should be read or written but do not need to now. This would be
nice for servers/workstations, but would harm laptop batteries.

You only suggest it for writes (in the part snipped ;-)), but I
would like to see it for (streaming) reads, too.


Ingo Oeser
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