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SubjectRe: [PATCH] 2.4.x write barriers (updated for ext3)
On March 5, 2002 08:09 am, Jeremy Higdon wrote:
> On Mar 4, 8:57am, Daniel Phillips wrote:
> >
> > On March 4, 2002 07:09 am, Jeremy Higdon wrote:
> > > On Mar 4, 6:31am, Daniel Phillips wrote:
> > > > On March 4, 2002 05:21 am, Jeremy Higdon wrote:
> > > > > I have never heard of
> > > > > any implied requirement to flush to media when a drive receives an
> > > > > ordered tag and WCE is set. It does seem like a useful feature to have
> > > > > in the standard, but I don't think it's there.
> > > >
> > > > It seems to be pretty strongly implied that things should work that way.
> > > > What is the use of being sure the write with the ordered tag is on media
> > > > if you're not sure about the writes that were supposedly supposed to
> > > > precede it? Spelling this out would indeed be helpful.
> > >
> > > WCE==1 and ordered tag means that the data for previous commands is in
> > > the drive buffer before the data for the ordered tag is in the drive
> > > buffer.
> >
> > Right, and what we're talking about is going further and requiring that WCE=0
> > and ordered tag means the data for previous commands is *not* in the buffer,
> > i.e., on the platter, which is the only interpretation that makes sense.
> Sorry to be slow here, but if WCE=0, then commands aren't complete until
> data is on the media,

Sorry, I meant FUA, not WCE. For this error I offer the apology that there
is a whole new set of TLA's to learn here, and I started yesterday.

> so since previous commands don't complete until
> data is on the media, and they must complete before the ordered tag
> command does, what you say would have to be the case. I thought the idea
> was to buffer commands to drive memory (so that the drive could increase
> performance by writing back to back commands without losing a rev) and
> then issue a command with a "flush" side effect.
> Here is an interesting question. If you use WCE=1 and then send an
> ordered tag with FUA=1, does that imply that data from previous
> write commands is flushed to media? I don't think so, though it
> would be a useful feature if it did.

That's my point all right. And what I tried to say is, it's useless to
have it otherwise, so we should now start beating up drive makers to do it
this way (I don't think they'll need a lot of convincing actually) and we
should write a test procedure to determine which drives do it correctly,
according to our definition of correctness. If we agree on what is
correct of course.

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