Re: [PATCH v9 6/6] block: loop: support DIO & AIO

From: Ming Lei
Date: Sun Aug 09 2015 - 09:04:39 EST

On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 2:44 AM, Christoph Hellwig <hch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 07, 2015 at 04:25:52AM -0400, Ming Lei wrote:
>> On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 3:43 AM, Christoph Hellwig <hch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > I really disagree with the per-cmd use_dio tracking.
>> Could you explain it in a bit?
>> >
>> > If we know at setup time that the loop device sector size is smaller
>> > than the sector size of the underlying device we should never allow
>> > dio, and othewise it should always work for data.
>> Yes, that is just what I did in v7, and we can only do dio in case
>> of 512 byte sector size of backing device(not considering the
>> following patches from Hannes).
>> When sector size of backing device isn't 512, most of transfer(buffered I/O
>> and normal dio) is still 4k aligned, that is why I suggest to use per-cmd
>> use_dio tracking.
>> The patch avoids the race between buffered io and dio, doesn't it?
>> The introduced cost is trivial and most of times it needn't to wait for
>> completion of pending dio.
> All block filesystems can do direct I/O on a _sector size_, not
> _block size_ boundary, e.g. for the typical setup of a 4k block size
> xfs/btrfs/ext4 file system on a 512 byte sector device you can do 512
> byte aligned direct I/O.

It isn't the problem which lo_drain_pending_dio() in this patch is
trying to avoid/fix.

Now the logical block size of loop is 512byte, but the sector size of
backing device may be 4K, so we can't do 512 byte algined direct
I/O to the filesystem in this situation.

With runtime switch to buffered I/O we can fix this problem, but
most of times it won't fall in this case.

>> > is no need for draining or mode checking for an fsync - FLUSH is always
>> > only guranteed to flush out I/O that has completed by the time it's
>> > issued.
>> Could you point it out in the patch?
> Basically your lo_drain_pending_dio() functionality is not needed.

For non-512 byte sector size of backing device, it is needed as
I described above.

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