Re: AIO!!

From: Karthik Sarangan
Date: Tue Oct 11 2005 - 00:11:07 EST

> Benjamin LaHaise wrote:
O_DIRECT buffers must be aligned on block sized boundaries (minimum 512 bytes). Check the actual return code from the aiocb and you'll find that it is likely -EINVAL, no -EINPROGRESS. See the man page for posix_memalign() to properly align the pointer.

EEP!! I forgot all about buffer alignment!! Thanks for pointing it out



Two more questions.

1. Is aio_fsync of any use while 'aio_read'ing and 'aio_write'ing to
a 'raw' device or a '/dev/sdb' with O_DIRECT?

2. I have an Ultra320 SCSI disk whose datasheet says it has a max.
possible throughput of 78MBps

I did a 'aio_write' onto '/dev/sdb' with O_DIRECT.
Following are some throughput values.

Buffer for IO | Avg Speed
(in KBytes) |
Upto 512KB | 69MBps
1024KB | 125MBps
2048KB | 250MBps
4096KB | 500MBps
8192KB | 1GBps -- What the !! --

Buffer cache does not come into consideration.

Does this mean that the SCSI lower layer (aic79xx) can transfer data
only upto 512 KB?

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