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SubjectOld O_DIRECT story
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Hi, all.
There was a discussion here:
https://lkml.org/lkml/2007/1/10/231

Linus wrote in this discussion:
"So don't use O_DIRECT. Use things like madvise() and posix_fadvise()
instead"

After the full week of tests, searches, discussions, I have impudence to
turn to the community - has one tried to implement this approach?

The situation is very simple:
I have the incoming DMA stream using scatter/gather technique. the driver
read() function provides the next ready DMA buffer descriptor with the
virtual address pointer to the acquired data. I need to store this data to
the disk partition as fast as possible, as the incoming stream is too very
fast. According to tests, O_DIRECT/mapping is fast enough, while write() is
not.

I tried in all ways to implement this with mmap(), but it does not success,
because I did not find a way to mmap() file as O_WRONLY. Mapping as O_RDWR
makes kernel to pre-fill mapped memory with partition data. So, kernel and
DMA actually compete on the RAM area to fill it - one with garbage, one
with actual data. Kernel wins.

So, how to implement Linus's advice?
Leon


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