Saturday, April 27, 2013

1-round trip operations

These are a couple of examples of the modified 9 kernel speaking to a 9P2000.ix server.

This is a dirstat call:

You can see how the kernel sent the walk, stat, and clunk requests without waiting for the server to reply. The server processed them sequentially because they were using the same tag, and replied to each one as they were completed.

This other one is a create for a file:

The walk and create requests were sent without waiting. Because the kernel knows it's a 9P2000.ix server, it sends just a create request flagged to indicate that the server should either create the file or walk to the file and open with truncation (should the file already exist).

When the kernel is not sure regarding the server it's speaking to, it would speak 9P2000 as usual, so there is no problem regarding compatibility with the rest of the 9 world.

Coming up next, we are going to address read and writes so they can be streamed while the file server, (most of) the kernel, and the user program can still rely on good old interfaces.