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SubjectRe: [PATCH] 2.5.3-pre1 ata-253p1-2
On Fri, Jan 18 2002, Anton Altaparmakov wrote:
> >> You have to give Jens the credit for gluing it togather, because there
> >was
> >> no way I would have figured out the suttle issues of BIO. There are
> >> serveral additions need to fix all the archs so hope to have something
> >> today.
> >
> >Well, good work to both of you. It is an excellent driver. Please
> >submit it for pre2.
> I second that. 2.5.3-pre1 + 2nd patch from Jens + daft compile fixes is
> running fine on my Athlon/VIA chipset both UDMA100 and PIO4 on my 60GXP
> drive! Brilliant work guys!


> There is only one odd thing and that is that PIO transfers are slower in
> 2.5.3-pre1 + 2nd patch from Jens + daft compile fixes compared to in
> 2.5.2-pre11-vanilla.
> PIO mode, hdparm -t /dev/hda:
> on 2.5.3-pre1 + 2nd Jens patch: 4.62MB/s
> on 2.5.2-pre11 vanilla: 7.36MB/s
> DMA transfers are the same with both kernels, peaking at 38-39MB/s which is
> I believe the theoretical upper limit for the 60GXP so there was not much
> room for visible improvement (2.5.3-pre1 is slightly faster in that it gave
> in three tests 38.79MB/s while 2.5.2-pre11 gave in three tests 38.32MB/s,
> so if you believe those ACB is .4 MB/s faster).
> I don't care that PIO has become slower, all modern devices are happy with
> UDMA, and so am I. (-: But I thought I should mention it.

Interesting, I dunno where this performance decrease comes from right
now. But I'm sure we can make it go at least as fast as 2.5.2-pre11, the
primary concern right now was solid PIO + mult mode again, and I think
we've achieved that.

> Note that 2.5.3-pre1 now survives find . -type f -exec md5sum "{}" \; both
> in PIO and UDMA mode so it can really be considered stable on UP system.

Great, thanks for testing.

Jens Axboe

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