Ah, I think that I misunderstood Damien's question. I thought he wasI was suggesting the reverse:) Keep the device hard limit
asking why not keep shost max_sectors at dma_max_mapping_size() and then
init each sdev request queue max hw sectors at dma_opt_mapping_size().
(max_hw_sectors) to the max dma mapping and set the soft limit
(max_sectors) to the optimal dma mapping size.
But he seems that you want to know why not have the request queue max
sectors at dma_opt_mapping_size(). The answer is related to meaning of
dma_opt_mapping_size(). If we get any mappings which exceed this size
then it can have a big dma mapping performance hit. So I set max hw
sectors at this ‘opt’ mapping size to ensure that we get no mappings
which exceed this size. Indeed, I think max sectors is 128Kb today for
my host, which would be same as dma_opt_mapping_size() value with an
IOMMU enabled. And I find that only a small % of request size may exceed
this 128kb size, but it still has a big performance impact.