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SubjectRe: Implementing NVMHCI...
Jeff Garzik wrote:
>>> (c) export information indicating the true sector size, in a manner
>>> similar to how the ATA driver passes that info to userland
>>> partitioning tools.
>> Eventually we'll want to allow filesystems to make use of the native
>> sector size.
> At the kernel level, you mean?

Yes. You'll want to align extents and I/O requests on that boundary.

> But if you are talking about filesystems directly supporting sector
> sizes >4kb, well, I'll let Linus and others settle that debate :) I
> will just write the driver once the dust settles...

IMO drivers should expose whatever sector size the device have,
filesystems should expose their block size, and the block layer should
correct any impedance mismatches by doing RMW.

Unfortunately, sector size > fs block size means a lot of pointless
locking for the RMW, so if large sector sizes take off, we'll have to
adjust filesystems to use larger block sizes.

I have a truly marvellous patch that fixes the bug which this
signature is too narrow to contain.

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