The writecache target caches writes on persistent memory or on SSD. It doesn’t cache reads because reads are supposed to be cached in page cache in normal RAM.
When the device is constructed, the first sector should be zeroed or the first sector should contain valid superblock from previous invocation.
- type of the cache device - “p” or “s”
p - persistent memory
s - SSD
the underlying device that will be cached
the cache device
block size (4096 is recommended; the maximum block size is the page size)
the number of optional parameters (the parameters with an argument count as two)
- start_sector n (default: 0)
offset from the start of cache device in 512-byte sectors
- high_watermark n (default: 50)
start writeback when the number of used blocks reach this watermark
- low_watermark x (default: 45)
stop writeback when the number of used blocks drops below this watermark
- writeback_jobs n (default: unlimited)
limit the number of blocks that are in flight during writeback. Setting this value reduces writeback throughput, but it may improve latency of read requests
- autocommit_blocks n (default: 64 for pmem, 65536 for ssd)
when the application writes this amount of blocks without issuing the FLUSH request, the blocks are automatically committed
- autocommit_time ms (default: 1000)
autocommit time in milliseconds. The data is automatically committed if this time passes and no FLUSH request is received
- fua (by default on)
applicable only to persistent memory - use the FUA flag when writing data from persistent memory back to the underlying device
applicable only to persistent memory - don’t use the FUA flag when writing back data and send the FLUSH request afterwards
some underlying devices perform better with fua, some with nofua. The user should test it
when this option is activated (either in the constructor arguments or by a message), the cache will not promote new writes (however, writes to already cached blocks are promoted, to avoid data corruption due to misordered writes) and it will gradually writeback any cached data. The userspace can then monitor the cleaning process with “dmsetup status”. When the number of cached blocks drops to zero, userspace can unload the dm-writecache target and replace it with dm-linear or other targets.
- max_age n
specifies the maximum age of a block in milliseconds. If a block is stored in the cache for too long, it will be written to the underlying device and cleaned up.
only metadata is promoted to the cache. This option improves performance for heavier REQ_META workloads.
- pause_writeback n (default: 3000)
pause writeback if there was some write I/O redirected to the origin volume in the last n milliseconds
Status: 1. error indicator - 0 if there was no error, otherwise error number 2. the number of blocks 3. the number of free blocks 4. the number of blocks under writeback
flush the cache device. The message returns successfully if the cache device was flushed without an error
flush the cache device on next suspend. Use this message when you are going to remove the cache device. The proper sequence for removing the cache device is:
send the “flush_on_suspend” message
load an inactive table with a linear target that maps to the underlying device
suspend the device
ask for status and verify that there are no errors
resume the device, so that it will use the linear target
the cache device is now inactive and it can be deleted
See above “cleaner” constructor documentation.