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> On Mon, 14 Jan 2002, Badari Pulavarty wrote:
> >
> > Here is the final version of the patch for doing mostly 4K size IO
> > for RAW. (2.4.17). In this version, I incorporate all the code
> > review comments from Andrea. Thanks to Andrea.
> >
> > Marcelo, would you please consider this patch for 2.4.18-pre4 ?
> > Please let me know, if you want me to make the patch for 2.4.18-pre3.
> I want to make sure the drivers able to do 4K IO really can do that with
> reliability.
> I think we can test that on -ac kernels.


The issue here is not whether drivers can do 4K IO relaibly. If you
go thro filesystem, they are doing I/Os in 4K chunks. Infact, the I/Os
get coalsed into bigger size (64K etc).

The issue here is, whether drivers can handle buffer heads with
multiple sizes (b_size) in a single IO (coalsed) request. Inorder to
address this concern, I limited my patch to work only with few tested
SCSI drivers for now. So I think, I already addressed 'safety' issue
with untested drivers.

But if you want to get some testing thro -ac kernels, I will be happy
to go that route. I already sent a version to Alan for consideration
to next -ac kernel.


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