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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 6/6] btrfs: Use larger zlib buffer for s390 hardware compression
On Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 05:10:10PM +0100, Zaslonko Mikhail wrote:
> Hello,
>
> Could you please review the patch for btrfs below.
>
> Apart from falling back to 1 page, I have set the condition to allocate
> 4-pages zlib workspace buffer only if s390 Deflate-Conversion facility
> is installed and enabled. Thus, it will take effect on s390 architecture
> only.
>
> Currently in zlib_compress_pages() I always copy input pages to the workspace
> buffer prior to zlib_deflate call. Would that make sense, to pass the page
> itself, as before, based on the workspace buf_size (for 1-page buffer)?

Doesn't the copy back and forth kill the improvements brought by the
hw supported decompression?

> As for calling zlib_deflate with Z_FINISH flush parameter in a loop until
> Z_STREAM_END is returned, that comes in agreement with the zlib manual.

The concerns are about zlib stream that take 4 pages on input and on the
decompression side only 1 page is available for the output. Ie. as if
the filesystem was created on s390 with dflcc then opened on x86 host.
The zlib_deflate(Z_FINISH) happens on the compresission side.

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