On Mon, Dec 08, 2008 at 05:11:58PM +0200, Raz wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 4:46 PM, Eric Sandeen <sandeen@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Raz wrote:
> >> I am thinking of using XFS over a SSD disk.
> >> 1. Can I separate xfs meta data ( not just the logging) from the SSD ?
> >> can I put the meta on a different disk ?
> > Are you talking about just the log (see the mkfs man page for external
> > logs, as Justin suggested) or all metadata? For the latter, using the
> > realtime subvolume does accomplish this (data on one volume, metadata on
> > the other) but that's not used very often.
> > -Eric
> I am referring to all the meta data. 128K of erase block for some block map
> update is a big penalty.
That's not an issue for smart SSDs like the intel one. They
internally use a log-based structure that means that small writes
don't end up requiring an entire erase block to be rewritten. That
is, they have a low write amplification factor.
Such SSDs don't really care that much about the filesystem structure
and random write patterns. Older/cheaper SSDs have a much larger
write amplification factor and so are unsuited to traditional
Google "SSD write amplification" for more information.