[PATCH v2 15/21] xen-blkfront: Make use of the new sg_map helper function

Jason Gunthorpe jgunthorpe at obsidianresearch.com
Thu Apr 27 22:11:32 UTC 2017

On Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 03:53:37PM -0600, Logan Gunthorpe wrote:
> On 27/04/17 02:53 PM, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> > blkfront is one of the drivers I looked at, and it appears to only be
> > memcpying with the bvec_data pointer, so I wonder why it does not use
> > sg_copy_X_buffer instead..
> But you'd potentially end up calling sg_copy_to_buffer multiple times
> per page within the sg (given that gnttab_foreach_grant_in_range might
> call blkif_copy_from_grant/blkif_setup_rw_req_grant multiple times).
> Even calling sg_copy_to_buffer once per page seems rather inefficient as
> it uses sg_miter internally.

Well, that is in the current form, with more users it would make sense
to optimize for the single page case, eg by providing the existing
call, providing a faster single-page-only variant of the copy, perhaps
even one that is inlined.

> Switching the for_each_sg to sg_miter is probably the nicer solution as
> it takes care of the mapping and the offset/length accounting for you
> and will have similar performance.

sg_miter will still fail when the sg contains __iomem, however I would
expect that the sg_copy will work with iomem, by using the __iomem
memcpy variant.

So, sg_copy should always be preferred in this new world with mixed
__iomem since it is the only primitive that can transparently handle


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