[Drbd-dev] New Features

Lars Ellenberg lars.ellenberg at linbit.com
Sat Sep 20 15:18:21 CEST 2008

On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 04:28:19PM -0600, Morey Roof wrote:
> The first item on the list is a write back cache.  Now don't run  
> screaming to hills yet.  In our setup we have the two nodes in two  
> different buildings which are feed by different power supplies from the  
> city grid.  The machines themselves have dual power supplies which each  
> power supply going to it's own UPS and circuit.  So, we have a good  
> redundant power supply setup.  So, I was thinking about creating a  
> caching system in DRBD to allow for dedicating some of the server's RAM  
> to a large read/write-back cache.  In the event of communication failure  
> between the peers I wanted it to flush the entire cache and then run in  
> write-through mode and move back to write-back mode after communication  
> is present again and the resync is finished.
> So that is the basic idea.  I was thinking about having it use the  
> ramdisk system so that you can specify a device that is used as the  
> cache.  The reason I was thinking about this is that if you happen to  
> purchase one of those Gigabyte ram HDD that is just like a large battery  
> backed write cache you could set it as the cache device as well.
> What are your thought?

something I though of myself already,
but nothing for the curren drbd architechture.

I sent you my Linux-Kongress 2008 paper off list,
where I scetch what I have in mind for the future.
I'd put in a link here, if I had it online already.

though I did not mention it, a (possibly non-volatile) ram disk
would fit in pretty well as the log device.

let me know what you think.

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