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

Michal Hocko mhocko at
Fri May 22 14:54:58 UTC 2009

On Fri 22-05-09 02:59:53, Leon Woestenberg wrote:
> Hello,


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

Check the libaio library (io_submit and friends)

> Regards,
> -- 
> Leon
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