Re: [PATCH] speed up SATA
From: Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz
Date: Sun Mar 28 2004 - 13:37:18 EST
On Sunday 28 of March 2004 20:30, Jens Axboe wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 28 2004, Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz wrote:
> > On Sunday 28 of March 2004 20:12, William Lee Irwin III wrote:
> > > On Sun, Mar 28, 2004 at 07:54:36PM +0200, Jens Axboe wrote:
> > > > Sorry, but I cannot disagree more. You think an artificial limit at
> > > > the block layer is better than one imposed at the driver end, which
> > > > actually has a lot more of an understanding of what hardware it is
> > > > driving? This makes zero sense to me. Take floppy.c for instance, I
> > > > really don't want 1MB requests there, since that would take a minute
> > > > to complete. And I might not want 1MB requests on my Super-ZXY
> > > > storage, because that beast completes io easily at an iorate of
> > > > 200MB/sec.
> > > > So you want to put this _policy_ in the block layer, instead of in
> > > > the driver. That's an even worse decision if your reasoning is
> > > > policy. The only such limits I would want to put in, are those of the
> > > > bio where simply is best to keep that small and contained within a
> > > > single page to avoid higher order allocations to do io. Limits based
> > > > on general sound principles, not something that caters to some
> > > > particular piece of hardware. I absolutely refuse to put a global
> > > > block layer 'optimal io size' restriction in, since that is the
> > > > ugliest of policies and without having _any_ knowledge of what the
> > > > hardware can do.
> > >
> > > How about per-device policies and driver hints wrt. optimal io?
> > Yep, user-tunable per-device policies with sane driver defaults.
> BTW, these are trivial to expose through sysfs as their as inside the
> queue already.
> Making something user tunable is usually not the best idea, if you can
> deduct these things automagically instead. So whether this is the best
> idea, depends on which way you want to go.
I think it's the best idea for now, long-term we are better with automagic.
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