Re: regression introduced by "block: Add support for DAX reads/writes to block devices"

From: Jeff Moyer
Date: Thu Aug 13 2015 - 10:00:15 EST

Boaz Harrosh <boaz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On 08/13/2015 12:11 AM, Jeff Moyer wrote:
>> Boaz Harrosh <boaz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>>> On 08/07/2015 11:41 PM, Jeff Moyer wrote:
>>> <>
>>>>> We need to cope with the case where the end of a partition isn't on a
>>>>> page boundary though.
>>>> Well, that's usually done by falling back to buffered I/O. I gave that
>>>> a try and panicked the box. :) I'll keep looking into it, but probably
>>>> won't have another patch until next week.
>>> lets slow down for a sec, please.
>>> We have all established that an unaligned partition start is BAD and not supported?
>> No. Unaligned partitions on RAID arrays or 512e devices are bad because
>> they result in suboptimal performance. They are most certainly still
>> supported, though.
> What ?
> I meant for dax on pmem or brd. I meant that we *do not* support dax access
> on an unaligned partition start. (None dax is perfectly supported)

Sorry, I thought your statement was broader than that.

> We did it this way because of the direct_access API that returns a pfn
> with is PAGE_SIZE. We could introduce a pfn+offset but we thought it is
> not worth it, and that dax should be page aligned for code simplicity

I'd be fine with changing the persistent memory block device to only
support 4k logical, 4k physical block size. That probably makes the
most sense.

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