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SubjectRe: [PATCH V2] lightnvm: pblk: take write semaphore on metadata

> On 4 Aug 2018, at 20.35, Matias Bjørling <> wrote:
>> On 08/03/2018 03:30 PM, Javier González wrote:
>> # Changes singe V1:
>> - Fix double I/O on the read path (by Matias)
>> - Improve commit message (by Jens)
>> pblk guarantees write ordering at a chunk level through a per open chunk
>> semaphore. At this point, since we only have an open I/O stream for both
>> user and GC data, the semaphore is per parallel unit.
>> Since metadata I/O is synchronous, the semaphore is not needed as
>> ordering is guaranteed. However, if the metadata scheme changes or
>> multiple streams are open, this guarantee might not be preserved.
>> This patch makes sure that all writes go through the semaphore, even for
>> synchronous I/O. This is consistent with pblk's write I/O model. It also
>> simplifies maintenance since changes in the metdatada scheme could cause
>> ordering issues.
>> Signed-off-by: Javier González <>
>> ---
>> drivers/lightnvm/pblk-core.c | 18 ++++++++++++++++--
>> drivers/lightnvm/pblk.h | 1 +
>> 2 files changed, 17 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>> diff --git a/drivers/lightnvm/pblk-core.c b/drivers/lightnvm/pblk-core.c
>> index 00984b486fea..6432faf5b19c 100644
>> --- a/drivers/lightnvm/pblk-core.c
>> +++ b/drivers/lightnvm/pblk-core.c
>> @@ -493,6 +493,20 @@ int pblk_submit_io_sync(struct pblk *pblk, struct nvm_rq *rqd)
>> return nvm_submit_io_sync(dev, rqd);
>> }
>> +int pblk_submit_io_sync_sem(struct pblk *pblk, struct nvm_rq *rqd)
> Nitpicking a bit. It looks to me that a function that has semaphore in its name, should take the semaphore in all cases unless it returns an error. When it only does it on writes, it creates confusion.
> Maybe this would be one of the cases where it is okay to have the logic it in the caller function, or do such that it takes a flag if it should take the semaphore. That'll make it explicit when it is done.

I think it’s cleaner to make a helper as the pattern repeats on all write sync I/Os. I’m ok with moving the check to the caller and only using this helper on the write path. I can send a V3 next week.

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