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Date:   Wed, 30 Aug 2017 23:05:37 -0400
From:   "Martin K. Petersen" <>
To:     Suganath Prabu Subramani <>
Cc:     "Martin K. Petersen" <>,,
        Sathya Prakash <>,
        Kashyap Desai <>,,
        Chaitra Basappa <>,
        Sreekanth Reddy <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 00/14] mpt3sas driver NVMe support:

Hi Suganath,

> Theoretically we want to use h/w capability (to translate IEEE to PRP)
> for smaller IO size to leverage h/w capability.

Nobody says we have to use the capability just because the hardware has

Unlike some other operating systems, Linux will only submit I/Os to the
driver that conform to the reported underlying constraints of the
hardware. I fail to understand how letting the HBA firmware translate an
SGL to a PRP for a subset of I/Os could do anything but add latency.
Plus complexity in the hot path of the driver.

> - If the unmap translation in firmware is slow, why don't you translate
>   WRITE SAME/w UNMAP set to DSM DEALLOCATE without requiring
>   applications to do encapsulated passthrough?

> => As of now, current FW supports UNMAP command but not WRITE_SAME for
> NVME drive. We did some experiment to convert UMAP command in driver,
> but that is not really giving any performance improvement.

It is imperative that the common use case, Linux' discard
infrastructure, is working correctly and is as performant as any
application-driven passthrough workaround.

Unlike SCSI-to-SATA translation you have the benefit of a 1:1 mapping
between UNMAP and DEALLOCATE. I'm not even sure why there would be a
significant performance penalty in the firmware?

> We would like to continue with UNMAP (and all other non-read/write
> commands) to be handled in FW.

And yet patch 4 circumvents that statement by adding support for
encapsulated commands to bypass the FW translation...

Martin K. Petersen	Oracle Linux Engineering

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