[Stgt-devel] project status
Thu Aug 3 17:29:37 CEST 2006
On Fri, 2006-08-04 at 00:20 +0900, FUJITA Tomonori wrote:
> From: Tom Tucker <tom at opengridcomputing.com>
> Subject: Re: [Stgt-devel] project status
> Date: Thu, 03 Aug 2006 09:35:45 -0500
> > [...snip...]
> > > It turned out that we used netlink wrongly so we replaced netlink. We
> > > need bi-directional, high-speed interface between user and kernel
> > > space. Currently, there isn't such interface in mainline. So we use
> > > mapped ring buffer between kernel and user spaces by using own
> > > character device (I need to replace the very old way to create a
> > > character device). If we find something better, we will replace the
> > > current code (netdev guys seems to bring something promising for
> > > network AIO).
> > I just looked at this code and am somewhat confused. I understand that
> > the write handler in the kernel has the user mode process context and
> > therefore understands any uspace pointer contained in the event.
> > What puzzles me is that the write handler in the kernel doesn't use the
> > passed in buffer, but instead takes the event from an mmaped ring
> > buffer. It then passes the various fields in the event down to the
> > handlers as parameters:
> > ...
> > err = scsi_tgt_kspace_exec(ev->u.cmd_rsp.host_no,
> > ev->u.cmd_rsp.cid,
> > ev->u.cmd_rsp.result,
> > ev->u.cmd_rsp.len,
> > ev->u.cmd_rsp.uaddr,
> > ev->u.cmd_rsp.rw);
> > ...
> > At this point, you don't need 'ev' anymore (the contents have been
> > copied into registers as parameters), so I don't understand the need for
> > the ring buffer. The user space caller could just as well have passed
> > you a pointer to a local variable in the write system call. Wouldn't
> > this avoid the complexity of the ring buffer altogether?
> I guess that there are some reasons.
> 1. We are still not sure what interface we will use in the future. We
> might use a different interface. So I prefered less changes.
> 2. As you said, we need a process context due to bio_map_user. We use
> a user-space single process so this might be bottleneck. Maybe we will
> need to find a way to use workqueue (kernel threads) for I/O after
> performance experiments.
Ok, thanks for the insight...
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