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RE: sector alignment for DataOut PDUs?
>>>>> "Julian" == Julian Satran <Julian_Satran@il.ibm.com> writes: Julian> It reffers explicitely (and with good reason) to unsolicited Julian> data ONLY. See the archives for a reason. Solicited bursts Julian> are what the target asks through R2T. Yes, I realize that. I'm afraid what happened is that the discussion drifted off to a different (but related) topic. Please ignore the "Subject" string on the mail. The new subject is: what should the sender and receiver payload length rules be, to ensure interoperability? My comment was specifically to the text of section 9.5. It allows a sender to send less than the negotiated unsolicited data length even though there is more to be sent. Yes, it says that's not optimal. But it is allowed. It then goes on to say that targets are allowed not to support initiators that do this. In other words, you're explicitly allowing non-interoperable implementations. I believe that this is not a good thing for a standard to do. Unfortunately, it certainly happens that a standard, by accident, ends up specifying legal combinations of choices that cause interop failures. But those should be viewed as bugs in the spec and should be repaired when they are found. So what I would like to see for section 9.5: either require senders to send the full negotiated unsolicited data length as unsolicited data, whenever they have that much total data to send -- or say that receivers MUST accept unsolicited data of less than the negotiated length even when the total I/O length is larger than that. I prefer the first choice (keep the target simpler). As for R2T, is the same sort of question valid there? As far as I can tell, it is legal for the initiator to send less data than the amount requested in the Desired Data Transfer Length. If so, then for interoperability the target must be required to handle that case. On the other hand, if you don't want to make the target deal with that extra complexity, then the rule for R2T needs to be that the initiator must respond with DataOut PDUs that add up to exactly the amount asked for (rather than at most the amount asked for). And just as for the unsolicited case, either answer works but I prefer the one that keeps the target simpler (i.e., require the full length). paul
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