On Mon, Jan 22, 2007 at 05:51:53PM +0000, Gregory Stark wrote: > Actually no. A while back I did experiments to see how fast reading a file > sequentially was compared to reading the same file sequentially but skipping > x% of the blocks randomly. The results were surprising (to me) and depressing. > The breakeven point was about 7%.
I asusume this means you were reading 7% of the blocks, not skipping 7% of the blocks when you broke even? I presume by break-even you mean it took just as long, time-wise. But did it have the same effect on system load? If reading only 7% of the blocks allows the drive to complete other requests more quickly then it's beneficial, even if the vacuum takes longer. This may be a silly thought, I'm not sure how drives handle multiple requests... Have a nice day, -- Martijn van Oosterhout <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://svana.org/kleptog/ > From each according to his ability. To each according to his ability to > litigate.
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