Old O_DIRECT story
From: Leon Pollak
Date: Sat Dec 27 2014 - 08:32:21 EST
There was a discussion here:
Linus wrote in this discussion:
"So don't use O_DIRECT. Use things like madvise() and posix_fadvise()
After the full week of tests, searches, discussions, I have impudence to
turn to the community - has one tried to implement this approach?
The situation is very simple:
I have the incoming DMA stream using scatter/gather technique. the driver
read() function provides the next ready DMA buffer descriptor with the
virtual address pointer to the acquired data. I need to store this data to
the disk partition as fast as possible, as the incoming stream is too very
fast. According to tests, O_DIRECT/mapping is fast enough, while write() is
I tried in all ways to implement this with mmap(), but it does not success,
because I did not find a way to mmap() file as O_WRONLY. Mapping as O_RDWR
makes kernel to pre-fill mapped memory with partition data. So, kernel and
DMA actually compete on the RAM area to fill it - one with garbage, one
with actual data. Kernel wins.
So, how to implement Linus's advice?
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