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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/5] NVMe: add blk polling support
On Fri, Nov 06, 2015 at 03:46:07PM -0800, Elliott, Robert (Persistent Memory) wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: linux-kernel-owner@vger.kernel.org [mailto:linux-kernel-
> > owner@vger.kernel.org] On Behalf Of Jens Axboe
> > Sent: Friday, November 6, 2015 11:20 AM
> ...
> > Subject: [PATCH 4/5] NVMe: add blk polling support
> >
> > Add nvme_poll(), which will check a specific completion queue for
> > command completions. Wire that up to the new block layer poll
> > mechanism.
> >
> > Later on we'll setup specific sq/cq pairs that don't have interrups
> > enabled, so we can do more efficient polling. As of this patch, an
> > IRQ will still trigger on command completion.
> ...
> > -static int nvme_process_cq(struct nvme_queue *nvmeq)
> > +static void __nvme_process_cq(struct nvme_queue *nvmeq, unsigned int
> > *tag)
> > {
> > u16 head, phase;
> >
> > @@ -953,6 +953,8 @@ static int nvme_process_cq(struct nvme_queue *nvmeq)
> > head = 0;
> > phase = !phase;
> > }
> > + if (tag && *tag == cqe.command_id)
> > + *tag = -1;
> > ctx = nvme_finish_cmd(nvmeq, cqe.command_id, &fn);
> > fn(nvmeq, ctx, &cqe);
> > }
>
> The NVMe completion queue entries are 16 bytes long. Although it's
> most likely to write them from 0..15 in one PCIe Memory Write
> transaction, the NVMe device could write those bytes in any order.
> It could thus update the command identifier before the other bytes,
> causing this code to process invalid stale values in the other
> fields.

That's a very interesting point. We are okay if we can rely on the phase
bit, which we can by my reading of the spec. Coalescing would not work
if the driver can observe a new phase in a partially written CQE.


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