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Re: ata(4) and NCQ

On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 07:57:56PM +0000, Jonathan A. Kollasch wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm (again) considering adding NCQ support to the ATA subsystem.
> I've gained some experience with out of order transaction completion
> in a virtio block driver I've worked on, however that was rather
> simplistic compared to shoehorning it into existing and somewhat
> dissimilar code.
> I am rather bewildered by the prospects of redesigning the whole ATA
> subsystem.  Basically, I am looking for ideas on a proper design of
> NCQ support, so any pointers on where to start would be appreciated.

The ATA layer doesn't yet support multiple outstanding commands, but
some provision for this is already there: for example, wd_softc has a
openings member, we have a queue of commands. What's missing is tag handling
in the wd driver; idea can probably be borrowed from the scsipi layer
The code is so small I'm not sure it's worth trying to share it.

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference

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