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SubjectRe: [PATCH][RFC] A readahead complete notify approach to implement buffer aio
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On Fri, 2011-11-04 at 02:01 +0800, Jeff Moyer wrote:
> Coly Li <i@coly.li> writes:
>
> > On 2011年11月01日 17:00, Zhu Yanhai Wrote:
> >> The current libaio/aio has to be Direct-IO, otherwise it falls back into sync IO.
> >> However, the aio core has already been asychronous naturally. This patch adds a complete
> >> notify mechanism to implement buffer aio, the main idea is to readahead()-like in
> >> io_submit(), counts the non-uptodated pages assocaiated with each iocb, then put each ref
> >> in the bio complete path just before unlock_page(), and hook them on to the aio ring buffer
> >> finally when the ref drops to zero. In io_getevents(), we call vfs_read() as a safe net
> >> since there is still little possibility that the pages had brought in were reclaimed
> >> between io_submit() and io_getevents().
> >>
> >> I have tested this patch for a while, for the small size random io request, its
> >> performance is more or less the same with the traditional aio, for the big io request,
> >> the overhead of one extra memory copy arises.
> >>
> >> I think so far it has at least below obvious drawbacks,
> >>
> >> * mpage_readpage() is a really narrow interface, I have no way to pass down
> >> the new control struct baiocb, so I just put it into struct task_struct and
> >> refer it by current() as a workaround.
> >>
> >> * the do_baio_read() routine is heavily similar with do_generic_file_read(), but
> >> the latter is really hard to modify. I think we may stuff these code down into the
> >> readahead path to reduce code reduplication.
> >>
> >> Hopefully the explanations are clear enough and don't muddy the water any worse.
> >> I figure the code does need some better comments, and any suggestion are welcome.
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Zhu Yanhai <gaoyang.zyh@taobao.com>
> >>
> >> ---
> >> fs/aio.c | 319 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
> >> fs/buffer.c | 26 ++++-
> >> fs/mpage.c | 28 ++++-
> >> include/linux/aio.h | 9 ++
> >> include/linux/aio_abi.h | 1 +
> >> include/linux/blk_types.h | 2 +
> >> include/linux/buffer_head.h | 3 +
> >> include/linux/page-flags.h | 2 +
> >> include/linux/sched.h | 1 +
> >> 9 files changed, 386 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
> >>
> >
> > Hmm, I don't see the usage from user space. Is it possible to post a demo code in user space, so people are able to
> > understand how to use/test your patch.
>
> He added a new IOCB_CMD_blah for buffered aio reads. That is,
> unfortunately, a really poor way to go about doing things. Please take
> a look at the work Jens did on implementing buffered aio. It can be
> found in his linux-block git tree.
Interesting, I thought Jens's work is to make io_submit not blocking.
That's good to know it supports async buffer io too. Last time I look at
the code, it appears there still are threads to do the aio retry, so
what's the difference just letting user space thread do a sync buffer
io?

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