FLASH drives do need a scheduler policy
Posted Oct 1, 2004 1:50 UTC (Fri) by BrucePerens
In reply to: FLASH drives do need a scheduler policy
Parent article: Modular, switchable I/O schedulers
Ah, but decisions like "don't sync the superblock and metadata too often" are not block-level issues, and thus have nothing to do with the I/O scheduler.
I understand that to the I/O scheduler, a block is just a block. But I feel that the filesystem should be a higher layer than whatever understands the time constraints of the media. What is necessary is for the filesystem to communicate to the lower levels when order is important. If the I/O scheduler knows that there are 100 blocks that should not go out to the stick without changing the superblock and the directory at the same time, it can handle I/O buffering for USB sticks sensibly. This is why now that we are getting versatile I/O scheduling, some sort of tagged-queueing-like scheme will now become important in the filesystem layer.
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