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SubjectRe: [GIT] Bcache version 12
On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 10:28:03AM +0300, Pekka Enberg wrote:
> Hi Kent,
> On Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 9:45 AM, Kent Overstreet
> <> wrote:
> > bcache, n.: a cache for arbitrary block devices that uses an SSD
> >
> > It's probably past time I started poking people to see about getting
> > this stuff in. It's synced up with mainline, the documentation is for
> > once relatively up to date, and it looks just about production ready.
> >
> > Suggestions are more than welcome on how to make it easier to review -
> > it's entirely too much code, I know (near 10k lines now). I'll be
> > emailing the patches that touch other parts of the kernel separately.
> >
> > Short overview:
> > Bcache does both writethrough and writeback caching. It presents itself
> > as a new block device, a bit like say md. You can cache an arbitrary
> > number of block devices with a single cache device, and attach and
> > detach things at runtime - it's quite flexible.
> The changelog is pretty useless for people like myself who have never
> heard of bcache before because it lacks any explanation why bcache is
> useful (i.e. a real-world use case).
> Pekka

Well, I think you'll want the documentation for that -
Documentation/bcache.txt is somewhat up to date and should answer that

Short version: bcache is for making IO faster.

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