[RFC][PATCH] add support for shrinking/growing a pipe (Was "Re:splice methods in character device driver")

From: Jens Axboe
Date: Tue Jun 16 2009 - 14:25:11 EST

On Tue, Jun 16 2009, Steve Rottinger wrote:
> >> Although, I think that most of the overhead that I was experiencing
> >> came from the cumulative
> >> overhead of each splice system call. I increased my pipe size using
> >> Jens' pipe size patch,
> >> from 16 to 256 pages, and this had a huge effect -- the speed of my
> >> transfers more than doubled.
> >> Pipe sizes larger that 256 pages, cause my kernel to crash.
> >>
> >
> > Yes, the system call is more expensive. Increasing the pipe size can
> > definitely help there.
> >
> >
> I know that you have been asked this before, but is there any chance
> that we can
> get the pipe size patch into the kernel mainline? It seems like it is
> essential to
> moving data fast using the splice interface.

Sure, the only unresolved issue with it is what sort of interface to
export for changing the pipe size. I went with fcntl().

Linus, I think we discussed this years ago. The patch in question is


I'd like to get it in now, there has been several requests for this in
the past. But I didn't want to push it before this was resolved.

I don't know whether other operating systems allow this functionality,
and if they do what interface they use. I suspect that our need is
somewhat special, since we have splice.

Jens Axboe

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