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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 01/17] block: make generic_make_request handle arbitrarily sized bios
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On Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM, Dongsu Park
<dongsu.park@profitbricks.com> wrote:
> From: Kent Overstreet <kmo@daterainc.com>
>
> The way the block layer is currently written, it goes to great lengths
> to avoid having to split bios; upper layer code (such as bio_add_page())
> checks what the underlying device can handle and tries to always create
> bios that don't need to be split.
>
> But this approach becomes unwieldy and eventually breaks down with
> stacked devices and devices with dynamic limits, and it adds a lot of
> complexity. If the block layer could split bios as needed, we could
> eliminate a lot of complexity elsewhere - particularly in stacked
> drivers. Code that creates bios can then create whatever size bios are
> convenient, and more importantly stacked drivers don't have to deal with
> both their own bio size limitations and the limitations of the
> (potentially multiple) devices underneath them. In the future this will
> let us delete merge_bvec_fn and a bunch of other code.

Looks it is a very good idea to split bio in block.

>
> We do this by adding calls to blk_queue_split() to the various
> make_request functions that need it - a few can already handle arbitrary

I am wondering why the bio isn't splitted just before q->make_request_fn
is called in generic_make_request()? By this way, drivers won't need
to call blk_queue_split() at all. Is it because performance reason? or
others?

> size bios. Note that we add the call _after_ any call to
> blk_queue_bounce(); this means that blk_queue_split() and
> blk_recalc_rq_segments() don't need to be concerned with bouncing
> affecting segment merging.
>
> Some make_request_fn() callbacks were simple enough to audit and verify
> they don't need blk_queue_split() calls. The skipped ones are:
>
> * nfhd_make_request (arch/m68k/emu/nfblock.c)
> * axon_ram_make_request (arch/powerpc/sysdev/axonram.c)
> * simdisk_make_request (arch/xtensa/platforms/iss/simdisk.c)
> * brd_make_request (ramdisk - drivers/block/brd.c)
> * mtip_submit_request (drivers/block/mtip32xx/mtip32xx.c)
> * loop_make_request
> * null_queue_bio
> * bcache's make_request fns

I guess the above drivers haven't max_sectors/max_segment
limit.

Thanks,
Ming Lei


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