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From "Stanislav Lukyanov (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (IGNITE-10563) Allow manual fsync for WAL
Date Wed, 05 Dec 2018 19:27:00 GMT
Stanislav Lukyanov created IGNITE-10563:

             Summary: Allow manual fsync for WAL
                 Key: IGNITE-10563
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/IGNITE-10563
             Project: Ignite
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Stanislav Lukyanov

When walMode is set to LOG_ONLY or BACKGROUND there is a gap between successful return of
cache write operations and actual of the data to the persistent memory. This gap is, while
usually low, generally can be of any length and depends on low-level system parameters (e.g.
sysctl memory and IO settings on Linux).

On the other hand, there are situations when a user may want to ensure that at certain points
all writes have been propagated to the disk.

For example, say a large batch of data is being inserted into Ignite from an upstream system.
After finishing the batch we want to ensure that all of the data is secure, and after that
we remove the batch from the upstream storage. In other words, we want
map = upstream.getData();
cache.fsync(); // <-------
Currently there is no easy way to ensure that certain write (or all writes until a point in
time) has been flushed to a device. We can only rely on settings like WAL sync interval, checkpoint
timeout, etc.

It would be nice to have a way to manually call fsync() for WAL to have a strong guarantee
that all previous updates have been fully written on disk.

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