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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] dio: Fast-path for page-aligned IOs
    On Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 2:08 PM, Christoph Hellwig <> wrote:
    > On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 04:17:35PM -0700, Dan Ehrenberg wrote:
    >> The fast path does not apply for operations of the wrong size
    >> or alignmnent, or for operations on raw drives with 512-byte sectors.
    >> It might be possible to make this special case a little more general
    >> while maintaining its performance benefits, but I do not believe that
    >> the full performance benefits can be achieved without resorting to
    >> special handling of simple cases, as is done in this patch.
    > Did you check how this compares to Andis small optimizations?

    I'm having a little trouble getting his patch working. I hope to have
    this data soon, but I've been distracted by some other things.
    > Also operations on raw disks are something people with fast devices
    > care about a lot.  We often hear about benchmark regressions due to
    > stupid little things in the direct I/O code.
    > If we want to special case something that would be a very easy target,
    > with a 1:1 mapping of logical to physical blocks and thus no need
    > to call the allocator first, and no need for any kind of locking
    > or alignment handling.

    Are you talking about special-casing a raw block device? I'd like the
    optimization to also work with a file system to support a particular
    workload I've been looking at.

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