What is a Buffered Read?

By choonkie
Apr 24, 2007
  1. Hi,

    I'm playing around with a Disk Benchmark Module of a software, and its doing different read tests on the disk. However, I'm not clear on what is a Buffered Read.

    Can you give a brief explanation of what is a Buffered Read?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    systems read chucks of data in various ways from the media:
    fixed length 'records'
    variable length 'strings'
    whole 'blocks' of data

    if the program were to request 80 chars from the media, wait for it to arrive,
    process and then repeat for the next 80, you will suffer repeated WAITS
    and get slow processing.

    if the system or program asks for whole blocks from the media and then
    moves thru 80 chars at a time, you suffer only one wait per block.

    the latter example is a 'buffered read'
  3. choonkie

    choonkie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thnx a mill :)
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