On Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 05:21:10PM +0200, Andres Freund wrote:
> On 2014-09-13 20:27:51 -0500, k...@rice.edu wrote:
> > Also, while I understand that CRC has a very venerable history and
> > is well studied for transmission type errors, I have been unable to find
> > any research on its applicability to validating file/block writes to a
> > disk drive.
> Which incidentally doesn't really match what the CRC is used for
> here. It's used for individual WAL records. Usually these are pretty
> small, far smaller than disk/postgres' blocks on average. There's a
> couple scenarios where they can get large, true, but most of them are
> small.
> The primary reason they're important is to correctly detect the end of
> the WAL. To ensure we're interpreting half written records, or records
> from before the WAL file was overwritten.
> > While it is to quote you "unbeaten collision wise", xxhash,
> > both the 32-bit and 64-bit version are its equal.
> Aha? You take that from the smhasher results?


> > Since there seems to be a lack of research on disk based error
> > detection versus CRC polynomials, it seems likely that any of the
> > proposed hash functions are on an equal footing in this regard. As
> > Andres commented up-thread, xxhash comes along for "free" with lz4.
> This is pure handwaving.

Yes. But without research to support the use of CRC32 in this same
environment, it is handwaving in the other direction. :)


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