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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v5 0/4] add simple copy support
On 4/9/21 17:22, Max Gurtovoy wrote:
> On 2/19/2021 2:45 PM, SelvaKumar S wrote:
>> This patchset tries to add support for TP4065a ("Simple Copy Command"),
>> v2020.05.04 ("Ratified")
>> The Specification can be found in following link.
>> Simple copy command is a copy offloading operation and is used to copy
>> multiple contiguous ranges (source_ranges) of LBA's to a single destination
>> LBA within the device reducing traffic between host and device.
>> This implementation doesn't add native copy offload support for stacked
>> devices rather copy offload is done through emulation. Possible use
>> cases are F2FS gc and BTRFS relocation/balance.
>> *blkdev_issue_copy* takes source bdev, no of sources, array of source
>> ranges (in sectors), destination bdev and destination offset(in sectors).
>> If both source and destination block devices are same and copy_offload = 1,
>> then copy is done through native copy offloading. Copy emulation is used
>> in other cases.
>> As SCSI XCOPY can take two different block devices and no of source range is
>> equal to 1, this interface can be extended in future to support SCSI XCOPY.
> Any idea why this TP wasn't designed for copy offload between 2
> different namespaces in the same controller ?

Yes, it was the first attempt so to keep it simple.

Further work is needed to add incremental TP so that we can also do a copy
between the name-spaces of same controller (if we can't already) and to the
namespaces that belongs to the different controller.

> And a simple copy will be the case where the src_nsid == dst_nsid ?
> Also why there are multiple source ranges and only one dst range ? We
> could add a bit to indicate if this range is src or dst..

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