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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/5 v2] blk-mq: Add prep/unprep support
On Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 08:45:19AM +0200, Matias Bjorling wrote:
> The low level drivers will be NVMe and vendor's own PCI-e drivers. It's very
> generic in their nature. Each driver would duplicate the same work. Both
> could have normal and open-channel drives attached.

I didn't say the work should move into the driver, bur rather that
driver should talk to the open channel ssd code directly instead of
hooking into the core block code.

> I'll like to keep blk-mq in the loop. I don't think it will be pretty to
> have two data paths in the drivers. For blk-mq, bios are splitted/merged on
> the way down. Thus, the actual physical addresses needs aren't known before
> the IO is diced to the right size.

But you _do_ have two different data path already. Nothing says you
can't use blk-mq for your data path, ut it should be a separate entry
point. Similar to say how a SCSI disk and MMC device both use the block
layer but still use different entry points.

> The reason it shouldn't be under the a single block device, is that a target
> should be able to provide a global address space.
> That allows the address
> space to grow/shrink dynamically with the disks. Allowing a continuously
> growing address space, where disks can be added/removed as requirements grow
> or flash ages. Not on a sector level, but on a flash block level.

I don't understand what you mean with a single block device here, but I
suspect we're talking past each other somehow.

> >>In the future, applications can have an API to get/put flash block directly.
> >>(using the blk_nvm_[get/put]_blk interface).
> >
> >s/application/filesystem/?
> >
> Applications. The goal is that key value stores, e.g. RocksDB, Aerospike,
> Ceph and similar have direct access to flash storage. There won't be a
> kernel file-system between.
> The get/put interface can be seen as a space reservation interface for where
> a given process is allowed to access the storage media.
> It can also be seen in the way that we provide a block allocator in the
> kernel, while applications implement the rest of "file-system" in
> user-space, specially optimized for their data structures. This makes a lot
> of sense for a small subset (LSM, Fractal trees, etc.) of database
> applications.

While we'll need a proper API for that first it's just another reason of
why we shouldnt shoe horn the open channel ssd support into the block

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