NFS Server Performance and Tuning Guide for Sun Hardware

Weak Cache Consistency

Many NFS version 2 clients cache file and directory data to improve performance. At times, the version 2 method fails when multiple clients are sharing and caching the same data.

Weak cache consistency enables the client to detect data changes between its last access and the current request. This is done when the server sends back the previous attributes with the response. The client can then compare the previous attributes with what it thought the previous attributes were and detect the changes.