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Date:	Sun, 14 Mar 2010 21:00:50 -0700
From:	"H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@...or.com>
To:	Denys Vlasenko <vda.linux@...glemail.com>
CC:	Arnd Bergmann <arnd@...db.de>, Tejun Heo <tj@...nel.org>,
	"linux-ide@...r.kernel.org" <linux-ide@...r.kernel.org>,
	lkml <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	Daniel Taylor <Daniel.Taylor@....com>,
	Jeff Garzik <jeff@...zik.org>, Mark Lord <kernel@...savvy.com>,
	tytso@....edu, hirofumi@...l.parknet.co.jp,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Alan Cox <alan@...rguk.ukuu.org.uk>, irtiger@...il.com,
	Matthew Wilcox <matthew@....cx>, aschnell@...e.de,
	knikanth@...e.de, jdelvare@...e.de
Subject: Re: ATA 4 KiB sector issues.

On 03/14/2010 07:26 PM, Denys Vlasenko wrote:
>>
>> Yes, but it does squat for a flash disk that wants, say, 256K alignment.
> 
> 4K makes sense. 256K not so much.
> 
> 256K alignment is hard to swallow for a lot of reasons anyway.
> Unless the filesystem packs small files into blocks a-la reiserfs,
> 256K block filesystems will be very inefficient for a typical
> storage scenarios.
> 

Noone has talked about using 256K filesystem blocks.  The fact of the
matter, though, is that both flash and RAID have much larger alignment
requirements than a mere 4K for optimal performance.

You might not like it, but that's the way it is.

	-hpa


-- 
H. Peter Anvin, Intel Open Source Technology Center
I work for Intel.  I don't speak on their behalf.

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