Re: [PATCH 009 of 11] md: Support stripe/offset mode in raid10

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On Tuesday May 2, [email protected] wrote:
> NeilBrown wrote:
> > The "industry standard" DDF format allows for a stripe/offset layout
> > where data is duplicated on different stripes. e.g.
> >
> >   A  B  C  D	
> >   D  A  B  C	
> >   E  F  G  H	
> >   H  E  F  G	
> >
> > (columns are drives, rows are stripes, LETTERS are chunks of data).
> Presumably, this is the case for --layout=f2 ?

Almost.  mdadm doesn't support this layout yet.  
'f2' is a similar layout, but the offset stripes are a lot further
down the drives.
It will possibly be called 'o2' or 'offset2'.

> If so, would --layout=f4 result in a 4-mirror/striped array?

o4 on a 4 drive array would be 

   A  B  C  D
   D  A  B  C
   C  D  A  B
   B  C  D  A
   E  F  G  H

> Also, would it be possible to have a staged write-back mechanism across 
> multiple stripes?

What exactly would that mean?  And what would be the advantage?

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