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Date:   Wed, 9 Jan 2019 13:21:29 -0500 (EST)
From:   Pankaj Gupta <pagupta@...hat.com>
To:     Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@...el.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


> >
> > 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.

o.k. Will change.

> 
> > +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.

Agree.

> 
> 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.

o.k. Will make the change.

Thanks,
Pankaj
> 

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