Rich man's version of AIO on Linux 2.6.x?

Leon Woestenberg leon.woestenberg at
Fri May 22 00:59:53 UTC 2009


On the state-of-art of asynchronous I/O in Linux. I understand we have
full support for AIO in the Linux 2.6.x kernel but I cannot find how
to use it from user space.

I would like to exploit AIO in hardware and the device driver for it,
by keeping the hardware performing I/O at all times (no setup latency
between requests by allowing multiple
I/O requests to be queued in hardware). Note this is a character
device, not a filesystem.

I implemented aio_read() and aio_write() on my character device
interface, but it's never been called; read() and write() is called

>From "Understanding the Linux kernel, 3rd edition" I read that glibc
indeed implements aio_read() and friends itself, not through the
kernel AIO syscalls.

Essentially, the aio_read( ) or aio_write( ) library function clones
the current process and lets the child invoke the synchronous read( )
or write( ) system calls; However, this "poor man's" version of the
POSIX functions is significantly slower than a version that uses a
kernel-level implementation of asynchronous I/O.
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I am looking for a rich man's way to use the kernel functionality;
essentially I want my drivers aio_read and aio_write ops to be called.


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