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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCHSET block#for-2.6.36-post] block: replace barrier with sequenced flush


On 08/20/2010 05:18 PM, Ric Wheeler wrote:
> On 08/20/2010 09:22 AM, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
>> FYI: here's a little writeup to document the new cache flushing scheme,
>> intended to replace Documentation/block/barriers.txt.  Any good
>> suggestion for a filename in the kernel tree?
> I was thinking that we might be better off using the "durable
> writes" term more since it is well documented (at least in the
> database world, where it is the "D" in ACID properties).  Maybe
> "durable_writes_support.txt" ?

The term is very foreign to people outside of enterprise / database
loop.  writeback-cache.txt or write-cache-control.txt sounds good
enough to me.

>> The Linux block layer provides a two simple mechanism that lets filesystems
>> control the caching behavior of the storage device.  These mechanisms are
>> a forced cache flush, and the Force Unit Access (FUA) flag for requests.
> Should we mention that users can also disable the write cache on the
> target device?
> It might also be worth mentioning that storage needs to be properly
> configured - i.e., an internal hardware RAID card with battery
> backing needs can expose itself as a writethrough cache *only if* it
> actually has control over all of the backend disks and can
> flush/disable their write caches.

It might be useful to give several example configurations with
different cache configurations.  I don't have much experience with
battery backed arrays but aren't they suppose to report write through
cache automatically?



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