14.6.5 Doublewrite Buffer
The doublewrite buffer is a storage area where
InnoDB writes pages flushed from the buffer pool before writing the pages to their proper positions in the
InnoDB data files. If there is an operating system, storage subsystem, or mysqld process crash in the middle of a page write,
InnoDB can find a good copy of the page from the doublewrite buffer during crash recovery.
Although data is written twice, the doublewrite buffer does not require twice as much I/O overhead or twice as many I/O operations. Data is written to the doublewrite buffer in a large sequential chunk, with a single
fsync() call to the operating system (except in the case that
innodb_flush_method is set to
The doublewrite buffer is enabled by default in most cases. To disable the doublewrite buffer, set
innodb_doublewrite to 0.
If system tablespace files (“ibdata files”) are located on Fusion-io devices that support atomic writes, doublewrite buffering is automatically disabled and Fusion-io atomic writes are used for all data files. Because the doublewrite buffer setting is global, doublewrite buffering is also disabled for data files residing on non-Fusion-io hardware. This feature is only supported on Fusion-io hardware and is only enabled for Fusion-io NVMFS on Linux. To take full advantage of this feature, an
innodb_flush_method setting of
O_DIRECT is recommended.