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Re: [Qemu-block] [PATCH v2 00/16] block/mirror: Add active-sync mirrorin

From: Max Reitz
Subject: Re: [Qemu-block] [PATCH v2 00/16] block/mirror: Add active-sync mirroring
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:42:40 +0100
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On 2018-01-22 23:07, Max Reitz wrote:
> This series implements an active and synchronous mirroring mode.
> Currently, the mirror block job is passive an asynchronous: Depending on
> your start conditions, some part of the source disk starts as "dirty".
> Then, the block job will (as a background operation) continuously copy
> dirty parts to the target disk until all of the source disk is clean.
> In the meantime, any write to the source disk dirties the affected area.
> One effect of this operational mode is that the job may never converge:
> If the writes to the source happen faster than the block job copies data
> to the target, the job can never finish.
> When the active mode implemented in this series is enabled, every write
> request to the source will automatically trigger a synchronous write to
> the target right afterwards.  Therefore, the source can never get dirty
> faster than data is copied to the target.  Most importantly, once source
> and target are in sync (BLOCK_JOB_READY is emitted), they will not
> diverge (unless e.g. an I/O error occurs).
> Active mirroring also improves on a second issue of the passive mode: We
> do not have to read data from the source in order to write it to the
> target.  When new data is written to the source in active mode, it is
> automatically mirrored to the target, which saves us the superfluous
> read from the source.

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