Subject: Re: Coallesce disk I/O (was RE: Interactive responsiveness under heavy I/O load)
To: Thor Lancelot Simon <email@example.com>
From: Alfred Perlstein <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 01/26/2004 18:28:19
* Thor Lancelot Simon <email@example.com> [040126 17:15] wrote:
> I personally find this quite useful -- and it should be possible to do
> entirely using MI calls into the UVM subsystem. The problem is that
> I/O coalescing by creating page aliases using the MMU is incredibly
> inefficient on some architectures, either because of the cache flushing
> it forces or because of the cost of MMU operations. For that reason,
> a number of developers are strongly opposed to integrating *that
> particular* kind of I/O coalescing implementation into NetBSD.
Yes, the remapping stuff is wasteful because typically this happens:
bufs are mapped to a "super buf" and handed to a driver,
the driver then does VTOPHYS to be able to DMA the data.
so the mapping is useless.
It wouldn't be that difficult to pass a SG list down to drivers that
And that support could be optional based on a callback from the
driver saying "I can take the SG list input".
- Alfred Perlstein
- Research Engineering Development Inc.
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 408-480-4684