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FlashFire: Buffer-Based Write Reordering For SSDs

Free Software

Published on 03 December 2012 02:19 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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FlashFire is a buffer-based write reordering layer for SSDs on Linux, which can lead to greater disk performance for flash-based storage devices.

The FlashFire description according to the Google Code project site is "In many flash storage devices, write performance can be surprisingly enhanced by changing the order of requests in a proper way. However, the current OS storage software stacks are not fully exploiting this opportunity. In this project, we propose and design FlashFire, a low level per-device buffering layer having a dedicated purpose of write request reordering in Linux."

While this is an interesting write reordering layer for Linux, the GPLv2-licensed code hasn't been touched in nearly two years.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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