As I understand, doublewrite buffering is needed to avoid partial write, because Innodb_page_size default is 16K, while filesystem page size normallly is 4K; I wonder if I set "Innodb_page_size = filesystem page size", then I could disable InnoDB doublewrite buffering safely?

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Background info... The "torn page" problem occurs when part of an InnoDB block is written to disk, but the physical write died before writing all the low level (usually 512-byte) blocks. This leads to an unreadable block for InnoDB. The double-write buffer, and its extra write, makes it possible to recover from a torn page.

The hardware needs to "guarantee" atomic writes of 16KB. FusionIO is the only drive that I know of to provide that guarantee. And that gives them a advantage by saying that you can turn off double-writes.

RAID controllers with a battery-backed-write-cache should be able to provide such a guarantee, but it is unclear whether the OS confuses the issue. But, then, writes are virtually free, so turning off double-write does not matter much.

I hesitate to say yes or no to your question because I don't know what is underneath the "filesystem". It may turn the InnoDB block into multiple 512-byte disk writes, thereby still allowing torn pages.

O_DIRECT is a related topic to look at.

Setting innodb_page_size to 4K has other issues (even if you could get the drive to play nice) --

  • Records are limited to about 2000 bytes instead of about 8000.
  • You are asking for more I/Os. This may be good or bad. Random point queries of small rows will work faster with 4K blocks; most other situations may work slower.
  • Shannon also has SSD products that provide atomic-write Apr 24, 2015 at 8:28
  • @leafonsword -- please provide a web page explaining Shannon's solution.
    – Rick James
    Apr 24, 2015 at 18:08
  • In DTCC 2015, shannon have a presentation introducing their PCIe -- wenku.it168.com/d_001613581.shtml Apr 25, 2015 at 11:38
  • I can't read Chinese, but the English titles make it sound like Shannon has addressed not just torn pages, but other I/O needs of InnoDB. Does it do compression, too?
    – Rick James
    Apr 25, 2015 at 15:00
  • It didn't mention compression feature in this presentation; I think its atomic-write is very exciting because it works on all file system format, while FusionIO needs DFS~ Apr 26, 2015 at 2:14

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