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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3] iopmem : A block device for PCIe memory
Hi Dave and Christoph

On Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 10:12:53PM +1100, Dave Chinner wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 02:57:14AM -0700, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 10:22:39AM +1100, Dave Chinner wrote:
> > > You do realise that local filesystems can silently change the
> > > location of file data at any point in time, so there is no such
> > > thing as a "stable mapping" of file data to block device addresses
> > > in userspace?
> > >
> > > If you want remote access to the blocks owned and controlled by a
> > > filesystem, then you need to use a filesystem with a remote locking
> > > mechanism to allow co-ordinated, coherent access to the data in
> > > those blocks. Anything else is just asking for ongoing, unfixable
> > > filesystem corruption or data leakage problems (i.e. security
> > > issues).
> >

Dave are you saying that even for local mappings of files on a DAX
capable system it is possible for the mappings to move on you unless
the FS supports locking? Does that not mean DAX on such FS is
inherently broken?

> > And at least for XFS we have such a mechanism :) E.g. I have a
> > prototype of a pNFS layout that uses XFS+DAX to allow clients to do
> > RDMA directly to XFS files, with the same locking mechanism we use
> > for the current block and scsi layout in xfs_pnfs.c.
>

Thanks for fixing this issue on XFS Christoph! I assume this problem
continues to exist on the other DAX capable FS?

One more reason to consider a move to /dev/dax I guess ;-)...

Stephen


> Oh, that's good to know - pNFS over XFS was exactly what I was
> thinking of when I wrote my earlier reply. A few months ago someone
> else was trying to use file mappings in userspace for direct remote
> client access on fabric connected devices. I told them "pNFS on XFS
> and write an efficient transport for you hardware"....
>
> Now that I know we've got RDMA support for pNFS on XFS in the
> pipeline, I can just tell them "just write an rdma driver for your
> hardware" instead. :P
>
> Cheers,
>
> Dave.
> --
> Dave Chinner
> david@fromorbit.com

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