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Re: [Qemu-discuss] question about qemu disk cache mode

From: xuanmao_001
Subject: Re: [Qemu-discuss] question about qemu disk cache mode
Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2013 17:07:48 +0800

I understand the physical disk cache and host page cache.
I want to the difference between guest disk write cache and host page cache that described with "Caching modes in Qemu" in
give me some more information please, thanks.

From: Kevin Wolf
Date: 2013-09-04 16:00
Subject: Re: question about qemu disk cache mode
Am 04.09.2013 um 05:47 hat xuanmao_001 geschrieben:
> Dear qemuers:
> my qemu-kvm version is 1.0.1
> I would like to figure out the qemu disk cache mode. I have visited the
> qemu-options.hx
> there is two cache that I didn't understand: the host cache page and the qemu
> disk write cache.
> Is "host page cache" only used for read. and "qemu disk write cache" used for
> writing.
> which cache the data reached first? host page cache or qemu disk write cache?
You're probably misunderstanding the latter, I assume that what you've
read about is the "disk cache", not a "qemu disk cache". This is the
cache on your hardware, the physical hard disk. The host page cache is
the caching that the Linux kernel does for every file (unless it's
bypassed with O_DIRECT, with is exposed as cache=none/directsync in
qemu). None of this is implemented in or specific to qemu.
When you write data, it reaches the page cache in the kernel first (if
it is used at all), and then the cache on the hard disk.
Hope this helps.

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