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

From: Ross Zwisler
Date: Mon Nov 16 2015 - 18:57:38 EST

On Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 12:34:55PM -0800, Dan Williams wrote:
> 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?

Sure, fair enough.
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