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Re: [Qemu-devel] [Nbd] [PATCH 3/1] doc: Propose Structured Replies exten

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [Nbd] [PATCH 3/1] doc: Propose Structured Replies extension
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:25:35 -0600
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On 03/29/2016 12:19 PM, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 12:07:59PM -0600, Eric Blake wrote:
>> On 03/29/2016 12:03 PM, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
>>> On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 11:45:45AM -0600, Eric Blake wrote:
>>>> Supporting DF merely transfers the burden of collection between server
>>>> and client.  I suspect that there are cases where the server does NOT
>>>> want to support DF (because it would require the server to allocate
>>>> memory to collect the data before sending a single structured read
>>>> reply),
>>> There are other ways to handle that; e.g., the server could have a
>>> "request too large for non-fragmented read" error message. The spec
>>> should give a minimum size that the server MUST support (which should be
>>> reasonably large), and should state that a server MAY reply to any
>>> request with DF set for a block larger than that minimum, with that
>>> error.
>> How does 64k sound?
> Dunno. It might make sense for this number to be based upon some
> "standard" minimum request size in things like ATA or SCSI if such a
> number exists there, but I don't know enough about either standard to
> answer that question myself.
> If such a number doesn't exist (or nobody who knows speaks up soon
> enough), 64k is certainly good enough, I suppose.

And as mentioned in another email, we may want to propose an independent
extension that allows NBD_OPT_LIST and friends to start advertising the
minimum and preferred sizes of operations on a given export, where the
server can give hard errors if the client requests a read or write not
aligned to the minimum, and where the server must not fail a DF set for
anything smaller than preferred size.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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