Ang: Re: [Stgt-devel] Re: [Iscsitarget-devel] stgt a new version of iscsi target?
michaelc at cs.wisc.edu
Thu Dec 8 20:10:05 CET 2005
Vladislav Bolkhovitin wrote:
> - Scst has some performance advantages over stgt, at least, on hardware
> targets, because it allows internal handling in SIRQ context as well as
> doesn't need user space program, so it eliminates additi
> switches (at least 3 per command for WRITEs and 2 per command for reads
> plus switches to user space daemon, probably, 2 per command). 5 context
> switches per command looks too much for me, especially considering how
> little work is done on each context. It means ~15000 CS/sec on regular
> 200Mb/sec link with 64K block size. Additionally, kernel only commands
> execution allows direct access to page cache, which is GREAT performance
> improvement, because in architecture with user space daemon the data
> should be copied several times between kernel and user space. Or, do I
> miss anything?
Userspace only occurs for READ/WRITEs. So for REPORT_LUNS, TUR, etc
where performance is not a factor.
Also is the page cache comment in reference to us using the page cache
for our reads and writes or I am not sure why you wrote that if you do
not do it right now.
> From other side, stgt has not too much advantages over scst.
Hey, we just started and have not had too much time.
> Actually, we would greatly appreciate if Mike or Christoph will tell us
> what is so wrong in scst on their opinion, so they started they own new
> project. (I'm not considering motivation like "I want to make my own in
> any case" seriously). Is scst too complicated? Do you think stgt will be
> simpler with all those features implemented?
Didn't we go over this? To get SCST ready for mainline we would have had
a large cleanup effort. I started this and sent you a patch to begin the
cleanup. In the end some of the scsi people liked the idea of throwing
the non-read/write command to userspace and to do this we just decided
to start over but I have been cutting and pasting your code and cleaning
it up as I add more stuff.
Simmer down :) If you had just gotton your code ready when christoph
asked a year ago we would never have had this problem and I would be
sending you patches to remove the scsi_request usage as we speak.
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