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Date:	Tue, 17 Apr 2012 01:55:34 +0800
From:	Zheng Liu <>
To:	Allison Henderson <>
Cc:	linux-ext4 <>
Subject: Extent tree status asking

Hi Allison,

Currently I am trying to reduce the lock contention of direct I/O in ext4
because it is a bottleneck.  A trivial idea is that a new fucntion is
defined to replace the generic_file_aio_write, which do some write
operations with acquiring i_data_sem lock in inode.

I know that you are trying to implement extent tree, and I have seen your patch
set '[PATCH] Rename delayed extents to status extents'.  After extent tree is
made, the implementation of direct I/O without i_mutex and range lock is
straightforward and it is better than my trivial idea.  I think that
maybe I can borrow you works.  So could you please share me your schedule
and/or other information?

Last month on ext4 workshop, we discuss the extent tree, range lock and I/O
tree.  Obviously, I/O tree is used to store I/O operations, which can track
delay allocation, do unwritten->written conversion and implement range lock.
It is very useful for ext4 and I am interested in this proposal.  I know that
you have begun to do some works.  So would you like to tell me the status of
extent tree?  I don't know whether or not there has some things that I can be
involved.  If you have some advices or there is something that I can help,
please let me know.  Thank you and looking forward your reply.

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