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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 00/17] btrfs zoned block device support
On Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 09:04:59AM +0200, Hannes Reinecke wrote:
> On 08/09/2018 08:04 PM, Naohiro Aota wrote:
> > This series adds zoned block device support to btrfs.
> >
> > A zoned block device consists of a number of zones. Zones are either
> > conventional and accepting random writes or sequential and requiring that
> > writes be issued in LBA order from each zone write pointer position. This
> > patch series ensures that the sequential write constraint of sequential
> > zones is respected while fundamentally not changing BtrFS block and I/O
> > management for block stored in conventional zones.
> >
> > To achieve this, the default dev extent size of btrfs is changed on zoned
> > block devices so that dev extents are always aligned to a zone. Allocation
> > of blocks within a block group is changed so that the allocation is always
> > sequential from the beginning of the block groups. To do so, an allocation
> > pointer is added to block groups and used as the allocation hint. The
> > allocation changes also ensures that block freed below the allocation
> > pointer are ignored, resulting in sequential block allocation regardless of
> > the block group usage.
> >
> > While the introduction of the allocation pointer ensure that blocks will be
> > allocated sequentially, I/Os to write out newly allocated blocks may be
> > issued out of order, causing errors when writing to sequential zones. This
> > problem s solved by introducing a submit_buffer() function and changes to
> > the internal I/O scheduler to ensure in-order issuing of write I/Os for
> > each chunk and corresponding to the block allocation order in the chunk.
> >
> > The zones of a chunk are reset to allow reusing of the zone only when the
> > block group is being freed, that is, when all the extents of the block group
> > are unused.
> >
> > For btrfs volumes composed of multiple zoned disks, restrictions are added
> > to ensure that all disks have the same zone size. This matches the existing
> > constraint that all dev extents in a chunk must have the same size.
> >
> > It requires zoned block devices to test the patchset. Even if you don't
> > have zone devices, you can use tcmu-runner [1] to emulate zoned block
> > devices. It can export emulated zoned block devices via iSCSI. Please see
> > the README.md of tcmu-runner [2] for howtos to generate a zoned block
> > device on tcmu-runner.
> >
> > [1] https://github.com/open-iscsi/tcmu-runner
> > [2] https://github.com/open-iscsi/tcmu-runner/blob/master/README.md
> >
> > Patch 1 introduces the HMZONED incompatible feature flag to indicate that
> > the btrfs volume was formatted for use on zoned block devices.
> >
> > Patches 2 and 3 implement functions to gather information on the zones of
> > the device (zones type and write pointer position).
> >
> > Patch 4 restrict the possible locations of super blocks to conventional
> > zones to preserve the existing update in-place mechanism for the super
> > blocks.
> >
> > Patches 5 to 7 disable features which are not compatible with the sequential
> > write constraints of zoned block devices. This includes fallocate and
> > direct I/O support. Device replace is also disabled for now.
> >
> > Patches 8 and 9 tweak the extent buffer allocation for HMZONED mode to
> > implement sequential block allocation in block groups and chunks.
> >
> > Patches 10 to 12 implement the new submit buffer I/O path to ensure sequential
> > write I/O delivery to the device zones.
> >
> > Patches 13 to 16 modify several parts of btrfs to handle free blocks
> > without breaking the sequential block allocation and sequential write order
> > as well as zone reset for unused chunks.
> >
> > Finally, patch 17 adds the HMZONED feature to the list of supported
> > features.
> >
> Thanks for doing all the work.
> However, the patches don't apply cleanly to current master branch.
> Can you please rebase them?

I'm currently basing on
https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/kdave/linux.git
for-next branch, since my previous bug-fix patch 266e010932ce ("btrfs:
revert fs_devices state on error of btrfs_init_new_device") is
necessary to avoid use-after-free bug in error handling path of
btrfs_init_new_device() in the patch 2. I'm sorry for not mentioning
it.

I'll rebase on the master branch when the patch reach the master.

Regards,
Naohiro

> Thanks.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Hannes
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