> On 2016/02/01 10:38, Kouhei Kaigai wrote:
> > As an aside, background of my motivation is the slide below:
> > http://www.slideshare.net/kaigai/sqlgpussd-english
> > (LT slides in JPUG conference last Dec)
> > I'm under investigation of SSD-to-GPU direct feature on top of
> > the custom-scan interface. It intends to load a bunch of data
> > blocks on NVMe-SSD to GPU RAM using P2P DMA, prior to the data
> > loading onto CPU/RAM, to preprocess the data to be filtered out.
> > It only makes sense if the target blocks are not loaded to the
> > CPU/RAM yet, because SSD device is essentially slower than RAM.
> > So, I like to have a reliable way to check the latest status of
> > the shared buffer, to kwon whether a particular block is already
> > loaded or not.
> Quite interesting stuff, thanks for sharing!
> I'm in no way expert on this but could this generally be attacked from the
> smgr API perspective? Currently, we have only one implementation - md.c
> (the hard-coded RelationData.smgr_which = 0). If we extended that and
> provided end-to-end support so that there would be md.c alternatives to
> storage operations, I guess that would open up opportunities for
> extensions to specify smgr_which as an argument to ReadBufferExtended(),
> provided there is already support in place to install md.c alternatives
> (perhaps in .so). Of course, these are just musings and, perhaps does not
> really concern the requirements of custom scan methods you have been
Thanks for your idea. Indeed, smgr hooks are good candidate to implement
the feature, however, what I need is a thin intermediation layer rather
than alternative storage engine.
It becomes clear we need two features here.
1. A feature to check whether a particular block is already on the shared
It is available. BufTableLookup() under the BufMappingPartitionLock
gives us the information we want.
2. A feature to suspend i/o write-out towards a particular blocks
that are registered by other concurrent backend, unless it is not
unregistered (usually, at the end of P2P DMA).
==> to be discussed.
When we call smgrwrite(), like FlushBuffer(), it fetches function pointer
from the 'smgrsw' array, then calls smgr_write.
smgrwrite(SMgrRelation reln, ForkNumber forknum, BlockNumber blocknum,
char *buffer, bool skipFsync)
(*(smgrsw[reln->smgr_which].smgr_write)) (reln, forknum, blocknum,
If extension would overwrite smgrsw array, then call the original
function under the control by extension, it allows to suspend the call
of the original smgr_write until completion of P2P DMA.
It may be a minimum invasive way to implement, and portable to any
further storage layers.
How about your thought? Even though it is a bit different from your
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KaiGai Kohei <kai...@ak.jp.nec.com>
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