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Date:	Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:57:16 +0800
From:	Ming Lei <>
To:	Zach Brown <>
Cc:	Jens Axboe <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Dave Kleikamp <>,
	Benjamin LaHaise <>,
	Alexander Viro <>,
	Linux FS Devel <>,
	"open list:AIO" <>,
	Kent Overstreet <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 7/9] aio: add aio_kernel_() interface

On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 7:16 AM, Zach Brown <> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 06:55:28AM +0800, Ming Lei wrote:
>> From: Dave Kleikamp <>
>> This adds an interface that lets kernel callers submit aio iocbs without
>> going through the user space syscalls.  This lets kernel callers avoid
>> the management limits and overhead of the context.  It will also let us
>> integrate aio operations with other kernel apis that the user space
>> interface doesn't have access to.
>> This patch is based on Dave's posts in below links:
> This was originally written a billion years ago when dinosaurs roamed
> the earth.  Also, notably, before Kent and Ben reworked a bunch of the

Not so far away, this patch is based on Dave's last version of V9, which
was posted in Oct, 2013, :-)

> aio core.  I'd want them to take a look at this patch to make sure that
> it doesn't rely on any assumptions that have changed.

Looks I missed to Cc Ken, :-(

>> +/* opcode values not exposed to user space */
>> +enum {
>> +     IOCB_CMD_READ_ITER = 0x10000,
>> +     IOCB_CMD_WRITE_ITER = 0x10001,
>> +};
> And I think the consensus was that this isn't good enough.  Find a way
> to encode the kernel caller ops without polluting the uiocb cmd name
> space.

That is easy, since the two cmd names are only for kernel AIO, whatever
should be OK, but looks I didn't see such comment.

> (I've now come to think that this entire approach of having loop use aio
> is misguided and that the way forward is to have dio consume what loop
> naturally produces -- bios, blk-mq rqs, whatever -- but I'm on to other

Yes, that is what these patches are doing, and actually AIO's
model is a good match to driver's interface. Lots of drivers
use the asynchronous model(submit, complete, ...).

> things these days.)

At least, loop can improve its throughput much by kernel AIO
without big changes to fs/direct-io(attribute much to ITER_BVEC),
and vhost-scsi should benefit from it too.

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