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SubjectRE: [PATCH 1/6] block: add support for carrying a stream ID in a bio
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jens Axboe [mailto:axboe@kernel.dk]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:27 AM
> To: Matias Bjørling; Jens Axboe; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org; linux-
> fsdevel@vger.kernel.org
> Cc: Ming Lin-SSI
> Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/6] block: add support for carrying a stream ID in a bio
>
> On 03/24/2015 11:11 AM, Matias Bjørling wrote:
> > On 03/24/2015 04:26 PM, Jens Axboe wrote:
> >> The top bits of bio->bi_flags are reserved for keeping the allocation
> >> pool, set aside the next four bits for carrying a stream ID. That
> >> leaves us with support for 15 streams,
> >> 0 is reserved as a "stream not set" value.
> >
> > 15 streams seem very limited. Can this be extended? e.g. 16 bits.
> >
> > 15 streams is enough for 1-4 applications. More, and applications
> > starts to fight over the same stream id's, leading them to place
> > different age data in same flash blocks and push us back to square one.
> >
> > I understand that Samsung multi-stream SSD supports a limited amount
> > of streams, more advance implementations should provide higher limits.
>
> Pushing it higher is not a big deal as far as the implementation goes, though
> 16 bits might be stealing a bit too much space for this. On 32-bit archs, we
> have 18 bits currently free that we can abuse. The Samsung device supports
> 16 streams. That's honestly a lot more than I would expect most devices to
> support in hardware, 16 is a lot of open erase blocks and write append points.
> Obviously the open channel effort would make that more feasible, though.

Can we use 8 bits at least? I'll test performance with 16 streams.

>
> --
> Jens Axboe



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