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From: Kent Overstreet <kmo <at> daterainc.com>
Subject: [PATCH] Block layer stuff/DIO rewrite prep for 3.14
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.kernel
Date: Monday 4th November 2013 23:36:18 UTC (over 2 years ago)
Now that immutable biovecs is in, these are the remaining patches required
for
my DIO rewrite, along with some related cleanup/refactoring.

The key enabler is patch 4 - making generic_make_request() handle arbitary
sized
bios. This takes what was once bio_add_page()'s responsibility and pushes
it
down; long term plan is to hopefully push this down to the driver level,
which
should simplify a lot of code (a lot of it very fragile code!) and improve
performance at the same time.

The DIO rewrite needs some more work before it'll be ready, but I wanted to
get
this patch series out because this stuff should all be ready and it's
useful for
other reasons - I think this stuff will make it a lot easier for the btrfs
people to do what they need with their DIO code.

Other stuff enabled by this:

 * With this and the bio_split() rewrite already in, we can just delete
   merge_bvec_fn. I have patches for this, but they'll need more testing.

 * Multipage bvecs - bvecs pointing to an arbitrary amount of contiguous
   physical memory. I have this working but it'll need more testing and
code
   auditing - this is what lets us kill bi_seg_front_size and
bi_seg_back_size
   though.

Patch series is based on Jens' for-next tree, and it's available in my git
repository - git://evilpiepirate.org/~kent/linux-bcache.git
for-jens
 
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