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SubjectRe: [RFC] [PATCH 0/3] ioat: DMA engine support
Andi Kleen wrote:
> Longer term the right way to handle this would be likely to use
> POSIX AIO on sockets. With that interface it would be easier
> to keep long queues of data in flight, which would be best for
> the DMA engine.

Agreed.

For my own userland projects, I'm starting to feel the need for network
AIO, since it is more natural: the hardware operations themselves are
asynchronous.


>>In addition to helping speed up network RX, I would like to see how
>>possible it is to experiment with IOAT uses outside of networking.
>>Sample ideas: VM page pre-zeroing. ATA PIO data xfers (async copy to
>>static buffer, to dramatically shorten length of kmap+irqsave time).
>>Extremely large memcpy() calls.
>
>
> Another proposal was swiotlb.

That's an interesting thought.


> But it's not clear it's a good idea: a lot of these applications prefer to
> have the target in cache. And IOAT will force it out of cache.
>
>
>>Additionally, current IOAT is memory->memory. I would love to be able
>>to convince Intel to add transforms and checksums, to enable offload of
>>memory->transform->memory and memory->checksum->result operations like
>>sha-{1,256} hashing[1], crc32*, aes crypto, and other highly common
>>operations. All of that could be made async.
>
>
> I remember the registers in the Amiga Blitter for this and I'm
> still scared... Maybe it's better to keep it simple.

We're talking about CISC here! ;-) ;-)

[note: I'm the type of person who would stuff the kernel + glibc onto an
FPGA, if I could]

I would love to see Intel, AMD, VIA (others?) compete by adding selected
transforms/checksums/hashs to their chips, though this method. Just
provide a method to enumerate what transforms are supported on <this>
chip...
Jeff


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