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SubjectBlock I/O Enchancements, 2.5.1-pre2
On Tue, Nov 27, 2001 at 05:04:46PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>
> On Wed, 28 Nov 2001, Paul Mackerras wrote:
> >
> > Is there a description of the new block layer and its interface to
> > block device drivers somewhere? That would be helpful, since Ben
> > Herrenschmidt and I are going to have to convert several
> > powermac-specific drivers.
>
> Jens has something written up, which he sent to me as an introduction to
> the patch. I'll send that out unless he does a cleaned-up version, but I'd
> actually prefer for him to do the sending. Jens?
>
> Linus
>


Linus/Jens,

I've just completed my review of submit_bio and the changes to
generic_make_request and I have some questions for whomever
can answer.

1. The changes made to submit_bh indicate I can now send long
chains of variable block size requests to the I/O layer similiar
to the capability of Windows 2000 and NetWare I/O subsystems.

2. The elevator layer is merging these requests, and making a
single sweep request for contiguous sector runs.

3. In theory, I should be able to support page cache capability
for NWFS and possibly NTFS in Linux the way these wierd non-Unix
OS's work.

4. This interface may **NOT** support non-block aligned requests
across all the drivers. I also need to be able to submit a
request chain 512-2048-512-1024-4096 where the first IO requested
may by on a non-block aligned boundry. i.e. Device is configured
for 1024 byte blocks, I start the request as 512 @ LBA 1 -> 1024 @ LBA 2,
etc. The code looks like it will work.

I would love to test this wonderful code and will hopefully this evening,
however, all the SCSI drivers appear to be broken, as well as the
3Ware. :-)

Please advise,

Jeff




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