Re: [PATCH v2 03/11] pmem: enable REQ_FUA/REQ_FLUSH handling

From: Dan Williams
Date: Mon Nov 16 2015 - 15:35:00 EST

On Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 11:48 AM, Ross Zwisler
<ross.zwisler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 09:28:59AM -0800, Dan Williams wrote:
>> On Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 6:05 AM, Jan Kara <jack@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > On Mon 16-11-15 14:37:14, Jan Kara wrote:
> Is there any reason why this wouldn't work or wouldn't be a good idea?

We don't have numbers to support the claim that pcommit is so
expensive as to need be deferred, especially if the upper layers are
already taking the hit on doing the flushes.

REQ_FLUSH, means flush your volatile write cache. Currently all I/O
through the driver never hits a volatile cache so there's no need to
tell the block layer that we have a volatile write cache, especially
when you have the core mm taking responsibility for doing cache
maintenance for dax-mmap ranges.

We also don't have numbers on if/when wbinvd is a more performant solution.

tl;dr Now that we have a baseline implementation can we please use
data to make future arch decisions?
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