Re: [LSF/MM/BPF TOPIC]: Challenges and Ideas in Transitioning EXT* and other FS to iomap

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"Ritesh Harjani (IBM)" <ritesh.list@xxxxxxxxx> writes:

++ linux-ext4

> In continuation from last year's efforts on conversion of ext* filesystems to iomap,
> I would like to propose an LSFMM session on the said topic. Last year's session
> was mainly centered around documentation discussion around iomap (so that it can help others
> converting their filesystems to iomap), and I think we now have a kernelnewbies page [1] 
> which can provide good details on how one can start transitioning their filesystem to iomap
> interface.
> Note, ext2/ext4 filesystems direct-io path now utilizes iomap where ext2
> DIO conversion happened last year during LSFMM [2] [3]. I have also submitted patches
> for ext2 buffered-io path for regular files to move to iomap and thereby enabling
> large folio support to it. Along similar lines there are also patches around EXT4
> buffered-io conversion to iomap.
> Some of the challenges
> =======================
> 1. For EXT2 directory handling which uses page cache and buffer heads, moving that path to 
>    iomap has challenges with writeback path since iomap also uses folio->private to keep some 
>    of its internal state (iomap_folio_state).
> 2. One other thing which was pointed out by Matthew is the BH_Boundary handling currently missing
>    in iomap. This can lead to non-optimized data I/O patterns causing performance penalty. 
> 3. Filesystems need a mechanism to validate cached logical->physical block translations 
>    in iomap writeback code (can this be lifted to common code?)
> 4. Another missing piece from iomap is the metadata handling for filesystems. There is no
>    interface which iomap provides that the FS can utilize to move away from buffer heads
>    for its metadata operations. It can be argued that it is not the responsibility of iomap, however
>    filesystems do need a mechanism for their metadata handling operations.
> Proposal
> =========
> In this talk I would like to discuss about the efforts, challenges & the lessons learnt in doing the conversion of
> ext2's DIO and buffered-io paths to iomap, which might help others in conversion of their filesystem.
> I would also like to have a discussion on the current open challenges we have in converting ext2 (buffered-io path) 
> and discuss on what ideas people have, which we can consider for transitioning ext* and other filesystems to iomap. 
> PS: As we speak, I am in the process of rebasing ext2 bufferred-io path to latest upstream kernel. 
> It's mostly done and I am also looking into some of the open problems listed by community. 
> References
> ============
> [1]:
> [2]:
> [3]:
> [4]:

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