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Date:   Wed, 9 Jan 2019 09:02:07 -0800
From:   Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@...el.com>
To:     Pankaj Gupta <pagupta@...hat.com>
Cc:     Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        KVM list <kvm@...r.kernel.org>,
        Qemu Developers <qemu-devel@...gnu.org>,
        linux-nvdimm <linux-nvdimm@...1.01.org>,
        linux-fsdevel <linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org>,
        virtualization@...ts.linux-foundation.org,
        Linux ACPI <linux-acpi@...r.kernel.org>,
        linux-ext4 <linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org>,
        linux-xfs <linux-xfs@...r.kernel.org>, Jan Kara <jack@...e.cz>,
        Stefan Hajnoczi <stefanha@...hat.com>,
        Rik van Riel <riel@...riel.com>,
        Nitesh Narayan Lal <nilal@...hat.com>,
        Kevin Wolf <kwolf@...hat.com>,
        Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@...hat.com>,
        Ross Zwisler <zwisler@...nel.org>,
        Vishal L Verma <vishal.l.verma@...el.com>,
        Dave Jiang <dave.jiang@...el.com>,
        David Hildenbrand <david@...hat.com>,
        jmoyer <jmoyer@...hat.com>,
        Xiao Guangrong <xiaoguangrong.eric@...il.com>,
        Christoph Hellwig <hch@...radead.org>,
        "Michael S. Tsirkin" <mst@...hat.com>,
        Jason Wang <jasowang@...hat.com>, lcapitulino@...hat.com,
        Igor Mammedov <imammedo@...hat.com>,
        Eric Blake <eblake@...hat.com>,
        Matthew Wilcox <willy@...radead.org>,
        "Theodore Ts'o" <tytso@....edu>,
        Andreas Dilger <adilger.kernel@...ger.ca>,
        "Darrick J. Wong" <darrick.wong@...cle.com>,
        "Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw@...ysocki.net>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 3/5] libnvdimm: add nd_region buffered dax_dev flag

On Wed, Jan 9, 2019 at 5:53 AM Pankaj Gupta <pagupta@...hat.com> wrote:
>
> This patch adds 'DAXDEV_BUFFERED' flag which is set
> for virtio pmem corresponding nd_region. This later
> is used to disable MAP_SYNC functionality for ext4
> & xfs filesystem.
>
> Signed-off-by: Pankaj Gupta <pagupta@...hat.com>
> ---
>  drivers/dax/super.c          | 17 +++++++++++++++++
>  drivers/nvdimm/pmem.c        |  3 +++
>  drivers/nvdimm/region_devs.c |  7 +++++++
>  drivers/virtio/pmem.c        |  1 +
>  include/linux/dax.h          |  9 +++++++++
>  include/linux/libnvdimm.h    |  6 ++++++
>  6 files changed, 43 insertions(+)
>
> diff --git a/drivers/dax/super.c b/drivers/dax/super.c
> index 6e928f3..9128740 100644
> --- a/drivers/dax/super.c
> +++ b/drivers/dax/super.c
> @@ -167,6 +167,8 @@ enum dax_device_flags {
>         DAXDEV_ALIVE,
>         /* gate whether dax_flush() calls the low level flush routine */
>         DAXDEV_WRITE_CACHE,
> +       /* flag to disable MAP_SYNC for virtio based host page cache flush */
> +       DAXDEV_BUFFERED,
>  };
>
>  /**
> @@ -335,6 +337,21 @@ bool dax_write_cache_enabled(struct dax_device *dax_dev)
>  }
>  EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(dax_write_cache_enabled);
>
> +void virtio_pmem_host_cache(struct dax_device *dax_dev, bool wc)
> +{
> +       if (wc)
> +               set_bit(DAXDEV_BUFFERED, &dax_dev->flags);
> +       else
> +               clear_bit(DAXDEV_BUFFERED, &dax_dev->flags);
> +}
> +EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(virtio_pmem_host_cache);

The "write_cache" property was structured this way because it can
conceivably change at runtime. The MAP_SYNC capability should be
static and never changed after init.

> +bool virtio_pmem_host_cache_enabled(struct dax_device *dax_dev)
> +{
> +       return test_bit(DAXDEV_BUFFERED, &dax_dev->flags);
> +}
> +EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(virtio_pmem_host_cache_enabled);

Echoing Darrick and Jan this is should be a generic property of a
dax_device and not specific to virtio. I don't like the "buffered"
designation as that's not accurate. There may be hardware reasons why
a dax_device is not synchronous, like a requirement to flush a
write-pending queue or otherwise notify the device of new writes.

I would just have a dax_synchronous() helper and a DAXDEV_SYNC flag. I
would also modify alloc_dax() to take a flags argument so that the
capability can be instantiated when the dax_device is allocated.

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