Re: [patch 0/1] Apply segment size and segment boundary to integrity data

From: Martin K. Petersen
Date: Tue Aug 03 2010 - 00:45:53 EST

>>>>> "Christof" == Christof Schmitt <christof.schmitt@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:

Christof> To summarize the limits i see in the zfcp hardware:
Christof> - Maximum size of 4k per segment
Christof> - The segments must not cross page boundaries
Christof> - The number of segments per request is limited

The interesting thing here is that your hw has a limit for the total
number of segments whereas other DIX HBAs have separate limits for data
and integrity scatterlists.

Christof> What would be the preferred approach for handling the
Christof> integrity data limits in the block layer? Introduce new queue
Christof> limits for integrity data, or assume that the limits for
Christof> integrity data are the same as for user data? I can update my
Christof> patch accordingly and include a check for the maximum number
Christof> of segments.

I've been messing with this tonight. It's not entirely trivial because
of the housekeeping involved, having to accomodate different types of
hardware, having to avoid breaking existing setups, and having to work
with integrity compiled and without.

My first attempt at this got quite messy. I think I have found a way
but it's bedtime here. Give me a day or two to get back to you with
something that'll hopefully work for everyone.

Martin K. Petersen Oracle Linux Engineering
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