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From: Christoph Hellwig <hch@infradead.org>
To: Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com>
Cc: Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka@redhat.com>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>,
	Alexander Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>,
	Vishal Verma <vishal.l.verma@intel.com>,
	Dave Jiang <dave.jiang@intel.com>,
	Ira Weiny <ira.weiny@intel.com>,
	Matthew Wilcox <willy@infradead.org>, Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>,
	Eric Sandeen <esandeen@redhat.com>,
	Dave Chinner <dchinner@redhat.com>,
	"Kani, Toshi" <toshi.kani@hpe.com>,
	"Norton, Scott J" <scott.norton@hpe.com>,
	"Tadakamadla,
	Rajesh (DCIG/CDI/HPS Perf)"  <rajesh.tadakamadla@hpe.com>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	linux-fsdevel <linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org>,
	linux-nvdimm <linux-nvdimm@lists.01.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] pmem: export the symbols __copy_user_flushcache and __copy_from_user_flushcache
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:50:26 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20200917065026.GA11920@infradead.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAPcyv4gD0ZFkfajKTDnJhEEjf+5Av-GH+cHRFoyhzGe8bNEgAA@mail.gmail.com>

On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 10:40:13AM -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
> > Before nvfs gets included in the kernel, I need to distribute it as a
> > module. So, it would make my maintenance easier. But if you don't want to
> > export it now, no problem, I can just copy __copy_user_flushcache from the
> > kernel to the module.
> 
> That sounds a better plan than exporting symbols with no in-kernel consumer.

Exporting symbols without a user is a complete no-go.

> > > My first question about nvfs is how it compares to a daxfs with
> > > executables and other binaries configured to use page cache with the
> > > new per-file dax facility?
> >
> > nvfs is faster than dax-based filesystems on metadata-heavy operations
> > because it doesn't have the overhead of the buffer cache and bios. See
> > this: http://people.redhat.com/~mpatocka/nvfs/BENCHMARKS
> 
> ...and that metadata problem is intractable upstream? Christoph poked
> at bypassing the block layer for xfs metadata operations [1], I just
> have not had time to carry that further.
> 
> [1]: "xfs: use dax_direct_access for log writes", although it seems
> he's dropped that branch from his xfs.git

I've pushed the old branch out again:

    http://git.infradead.org/users/hch/xfs.git/shortlog/refs/heads/xfs-log-dax

The main sticking points here are:

 - currently all our nvdimm/DAX code does totally pointless pmem_flush
   calls just to be on the safe side.  That probably is one of the big
   speedups of nova and other academic snake oil projects over our
   stack.  We need to handle this properly
 - what do we do about write error handling?  That is the other big
   thing in the pmem/dax stack that all of the direct writers (including
   MAP_SYNC mmaps) pretty much ignore

Once that is sorted out we can not just put the log changes like above
in, but also move the buffer cache over to do a direct access and
basically stop using the block layer for a pure DAX XFS.

  parent reply	other threads:[~2020-09-17  6:50 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 39+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-09-15 12:34 [RFC] nvfs: a filesystem for persistent memory Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-15 13:00 ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-09-15 13:24   ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-22 10:04   ` Ritesh Harjani
2020-09-15 15:16 ` Dan Williams
2020-09-15 16:58   ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-15 17:38     ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-16 10:57       ` [PATCH] pmem: export the symbols __copy_user_flushcache and __copy_from_user_flushcache Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-16 16:21         ` Dan Williams
2020-09-16 17:24           ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-16 17:40             ` Dan Williams
2020-09-16 18:06               ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-21 16:20                 ` NVFS XFS metadata (was: [PATCH] pmem: export the symbols __copy_user_flushcache and __copy_from_user_flushcache) Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-22  5:03                   ` Dave Chinner
2020-09-22 16:46                     ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-22 17:25                       ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-09-24 15:00                         ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-28 15:22                           ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-23  2:45                       ` Dave Chinner
2020-09-23  9:20                         ` A bug in ext4 with big directories (was: NVFS XFS metadata) Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-23  9:44                           ` Jan Kara
2020-09-23 12:46                             ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-23 20:20                             ` Andreas Dilger
2020-09-23 17:19                         ` NVFS XFS metadata (was: [PATCH] pmem: export the symbols __copy_user_flushcache and __copy_from_user_flushcache) Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-23  9:57                       ` Jan Kara
2020-09-23 13:11                         ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-23 15:04                           ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-09-22 12:28                   ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-09-22 12:39                     ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-16 18:56               ` [PATCH] pmem: fix __copy_user_flushcache Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-18  1:53                 ` Dan Williams
2020-09-18 12:25                   ` the "read" syscall sees partial effects of the "write" syscall Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-18 13:13                     ` Jan Kara
2020-09-18 18:02                       ` Linus Torvalds
2020-09-20 23:41                       ` Dave Chinner
2020-09-17  6:50               ` Christoph Hellwig [this message]
2020-09-21 16:19   ` [RFC] nvfs: a filesystem for persistent memory Mikulas Patocka
2020-09-21 16:29     ` Dan Williams
2020-09-22 15:43     ` Ira Weiny

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