Re: [00/17] Large Blocksize Support V3
From: Andrew Morton
Date: Sat Apr 28 2007 - 05:58:32 EST
On Sat, 28 Apr 2007 10:43:28 +0100 Alan Cox <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Fri, 27 Apr 2007 21:56:34 -0700
> Andrew Morton <akpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Sat, 28 Apr 2007 13:17:40 +1000 David Chinner <dgc@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > > Fix up your lameo HBA for reads.
> > >
> > > Where did that come from? You spend 20 lines described the inefficiencies
> > > of the readahead in the page cache and it should be fixed but then you
> > > turn around and say fix the HBA?
> > My (repeated) point is that if we populate pagecache with physically-contiguous 4k
> > pages in this manner then bio+block will be able to create much larger SG lists.
> Also remember that even if you do larger pages by using virtual pairs or
> quads of real pages because it helps on some systems you end up needing
> the same sized sglist as before so you don't make anything worse for
> half-assed controllers as you get the same I/O size providing they have
> the minimal 2 or 4 sg list entries (and those that don't are genuinely
> beyond saving and nowdays very rare)
Could you expand on that a bit please? I don't get it.
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