Re: [PATCH] speed up SATA

From: Eric D. Mudama
Date: Sun Mar 28 2004 - 15:57:24 EST

On Sun, Mar 28 at 15:12, Jeff Garzik wrote:
Over and above the barrier issue, the general problem of "OS doesn't know precisely what's on the platter" leads to a nasty edge case:

If an error occurs where the typical resolution is a bus or device reset, cached writes that have been acknowledged to the OS but not yet hit the media will likely be lost. This seems to be worse in SATA, where you have a new class of errors (SATA link up/down, etc.) that is also typically dealt with via reset.


This shouldn't be the case.

We'll always complete writes we've given good status for prior to
saying "ok" on an incoming reset. Hard or soft, all resets wait on a
clean internal cache before we process the reset itself.


Eric D. Mudama

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