On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 04:06:55PM +0200, Manuel Bouyer wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 07:50:27AM -0400, Thor Lancelot Simon wrote:
> > On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 01:27:48AM +0200, Jarom??r Dole??ek wrote:
> > > 
> > > 3.2 use FUA (Force Unit Access) for commit record write
> > > This avoids need to issue even the second DIOCCACHESYNC, as flushing
> > > the disk cache is not really all that useful, I like the thread over
> > > at:
> > > http://yarchive.net/comp/linux/drive_caches.html
> > > Slightly less controversially, this would allow the rest of the
> > > journal records to be written asynchronously, leaving them to execute
> > > even after commit if so desired. It may be useful to have this
> > > behaviour optional. I lean towards skipping the disk cache flush as
> > > default behaviour however, if we implement write barrier for the
> > > commit record (see below).
> > > WAPBL would need to deal with drives without FUA, i.e fall back to cache 
> > > flush.
> > 
> > I have never understood this business about needing FUA to implement
> > barriers.  AFAICT, for any SCSI or SCSI-like disk device, all that is
> > actually needed is to do standard writes with simple tags, and barrier
> > writes with ordered tags.  What am I missing?
> AFAIK ordered tags only guarantees that the write will happen in order,
> but not that the writes are actually done to stable storage.

The target's not allowed to report the command complete unless the data
are on stable storage, except if you have write cache enable set in the
relevant mode page.

If you run SCSI drives like that, you're playing with fire.  Expect to get
burned.  The whole point of tagged queueing is to let you *not* set that
bit in the mode pages and still get good performance.


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