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SubjectRe: Old O_DIRECT story
1. It will be slower, as pre-fill takes its significant time.
2. DMA-Kernel competition makes this method unusable.

On 6 January 2015 at 04:04, Kirill A. Shutemov <> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 05, 2015 at 03:52:10PM +0000, One Thousand Gnomes wrote:
>> > 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?
>> Use O_DIRECT. There are lots of problems with the mmap() model, in
>> particular with how mmu table changes scale to large numbers of CPU
>> threads (ie they don't).
> They do. Kinda. See split page table lock.
> But, yeah, mmap() approach should not be faster anyway.
> --
> Kirill A. Shutemov

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