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SubjectRe: [PATCH] 2.4.10 improved reiserfs a lot, but could still be better
On Tue, 25 Sep 2001, Beau Kuiper wrote:

> I can imagine how it improves sequenial write performace too. With the
> write cache off, the computer cannot send another write request to the IDE
> device until the last one had finished. By the time the computer is told
> the request was finished and it has sent a new request to the drive, the
> disk would have spun out of the place it was supposed to be placed. The
> drive will then have to wait for the disk to spin around fully again
> before doing the write. With the write cache enabled, several requests can
> be placed into the drive buffer and written in the single revolution of
> the drive.

Might be an explanation. How big are the chunks of data that the
kernel sends to the disk?

Matthias Andree

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