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Date:	Thu, 30 Sep 2010 12:07:02 -0500
From:	Eric Sandeen <sandeen@...hat.com>
To:	"Ted Ts'o" <tytso@....edu>,
	"Martin K. Petersen" <martin.petersen@...cle.com>,
	Mike Snitzer <snitzer@...hat.com>,
	Jens Axboe <jaxboe@...ionio.com>,
	"James.Bottomley@...senpartnership.com" 
	<James.Bottomley@...senpartnership.com>,
	"linux-scsi@...r.kernel.org" <linux-scsi@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org" <linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: I/O topology fixes for big physical block size

On 09/30/2010 11:30 AM, Ted Ts'o wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 04:36:42PM -0500, Eric Sandeen wrote:
>> Ok, then it sounds like mkfs.ext4's refusal to make fs blocksize less
>> than device physical sectorsize without -F is broken, and that should
>> be removed.  I'd say issue a warning in the case but if there's a 16k
>> physical device maybe there's no point in warning either?
> 
> If the device physical sectorsize is that big, should we perhaps use
> that as a hint to align writes to that blocks aligned with that
> physical sectorsize?  Right now we use the optimal I/O size, but if
> the optimal I/O size is not specified and the physical sectorsize is,

I can't keep track of all the parameters, is it ever true that optimal
I/O size isn't specified?

> say, 16k or 32k, maybe we should use to calculate for
> s_raid_stripe_width?

Perhaps, though really ext4 still doesn't do -that- much with the value,
anyway...

-Eric
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