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... and Flash ERASE commands

... and Flash ERASE commands

Posted Aug 24, 2008 4:48 UTC (Sun) by HalfMoon (guest, #3211)
In reply to: Block layer discard requests by seanyoung
Parent article: Block layer discard requests

CompactFlash ATA does have an "erase sectors" option but this is not really what you want (pre-erase sectors such that the next write will succeed without waiting for a flash erase).

I've seen a fair number of "raw flash" chips with that same semantic: writes to erased segments are faster. By a factor of about five, so it's well worth leveraging. In some cases that implies using different write procedures though ... so just having a "trim" hook isn't enough, the lowlevel code would need to know whether the area being written was already erased/trimmed.

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