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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 00/10] Add Copy offload support
On 2022/05/02 13:09, Dave Chinner wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 27, 2022 at 06:19:51PM +0530, Nitesh Shetty wrote:
>> O Wed, Apr 27, 2022 at 11:19:48AM +0900, Damien Le Moal wrote:
>>> On 4/26/22 19:12, Nitesh Shetty wrote:
>>>> The patch series covers the points discussed in November 2021 virtual call
>>>> [LSF/MM/BFP TOPIC] Storage: Copy Offload[0].
>>>> We have covered the Initial agreed requirements in this patchset.
>>>> Patchset borrows Mikulas's token based approach for 2 bdev
>>>> implementation.
>>>> Overall series supports –
>>>> 1. Driver
>>>> - NVMe Copy command (single NS), including support in nvme-target (for
>>>> block and file backend)
>>> It would also be nice to have copy offload emulation in null_blk for testing.
>> We can plan this in next phase of copy support, once this series settles down.
> Why not just hook the loopback driver up to copy_file_range() so
> that the backend filesystem can just reflink copy the ranges being
> passed? That would enable testing on btrfs, XFS and NFSv4.2 hosted
> image files without needing any special block device setup at all...

That is a very good idea ! But that will cover only the non-zoned case. For copy
offload on zoned devices, adding support in null_blk is probably the simplest
thing to do.

> i.e. I think you're doing this compeltely backwards by trying to
> target non-existent hardware first....
> Cheers,
> Dave.

Damien Le Moal
Western Digital Research

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