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SubjectRe: Bio pool & scsi scatter gather pool usage
On Thu, Apr 18, 2002 at 01:23:47PM -0500, Mark Peloquin wrote:
>
> > Andrew Morton wrote:
> > >
> > > Mark Peloquin wrote:
> > > >
> > > ...
> > > > In EVMS, we are adding code to deal with BIO splitting, to
> > > > enable our feature modules, such as DriveLinking, LVM, & MD
> > > > Linear, etc to break large BIOs up on chunk size or lower
> > > > level device boundaries.
> > >
> > > Could I suggest that this code not be part of EVMS, but that
> > > you implement it as a library within the core kernel? Lots of
> > > stuff is going to need BIO splitting - software RAID, ataraid,
> > > XFS, etc. May as well talk with Jens, Martin Petersen, Arjan,
> > > Neil Brown. Do it once, do it right...
> > >
> > I take that back.
> >
> > We really, really do not want to perform BIO splitting at all.
> > It requires that the kernel perform GFP_NOIO allocations at
> > the worst possible time, and it's just broken.
> >
> > What I would much prefer is that the top-level BIO assembly
> > code be able to find out, beforehand, what the maximum
> > permissible BIO size is at the chosen offset. It can then
> > simple restrict the BIO to that size.
> >
> > Simply:
> >
> > max = bio_max_bytes(dev, block);
> >
> > which gets passed down the exact path as the requests themselves.
> > Each layer does:
> >
> > int foo_max_bytes(sector_t sector)
> > {
> > int my_maxbytes, his_maxbytes;
> > sector_t my_sector;
> >
> > my_sector = my_translation(sector);
> > his_maxbytes = next_device(me)->max_bytes(my_sector);
> > my_maxbytes = whatever(my_sector);
> > return min(my_maxbytes, his_maxbytes);
> > }
> >
> > and, at the bottom:
> >
> > int ide_max_bytes(sector_t sector)
> > {
> > return 248 * 512;
> > }
> >
> > BIO_MAX_SECTORS and request_queue.max_sectors go away.
> >
> > Tell me why this won't work?
>
> This would require the BIO assembly code to make at least one
> call to find the current permissible BIO size at offset xyzzy.
> Depending on the actual IO size many foo_max_bytes calls may
> be required. Envision the LVM or RAID case where physical
> extents or chunks sizes can be as small as 8Kb I believe. For
> a 64Kb IO, its conceivable that 9 calls to foo_max_bytes may
> be required to package that IO into permissibly sized BIOs.
>
> What your proposing is doable, but not without a cost.

Why not just put the smallest required BIO size in a struct for that device?
Then each read of that struct can be kept in cache...

Is the BIO max size going to change at different offsets?
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