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Oracle® SuperCluster M8 and SuperCluster M7 Administration Guide

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Updated: June 2020

Monitor Write-Through Caching Mode

The disk controller on each storage server periodically performs a discharge and charge of the controller battery. During the operation, the write cache policy changes from write-back caching to write-through caching. Write-through cache mode is slower than write-back cache mode. However, write-back cache mode has a risk of data loss if the storage server loses power or fails. For storage server releases earlier than release, the operation occurs every month. For Oracle Exadata Storage Server Software release and later, the operation occurs every three months, for example, at 01:00 on the 17th day of January, April, July, and October.

  1. Change the start time for when the learn cycle occurs, by typing a command similar to the following.

    CellCLI> ALTER CELL bbuLearnCycleTime="2011-01-22T02:00:00-08:00"

    The time reverts to the default learn cycle time after the cycle completes.

  2. View the time for the next learn cycle.

    CellCLI> LIST CELL ATTRIBUTES bbuLearnCycleTime

    The storage server generates an informational alert about the status of the caching mode for logical drives on the cell, for example:

    HDD disk controller battery on disk controller at adapter 0 is going into a learn cycle. This is a normal maintenance activity that occurs quarterly and runs for approximately 1 to 12 hours. The disk controller cache might go into WriteThrough caching mode during the learn cycle. Disk write throughput might be temporarily lower during this time. The message is informational only, no action is required.

  3. View the status of the battery.

    # /opt/MegaRAID/MegaCli/MegaCli64 -AdpBbuCmd -GetBbuStatus -a0

    Example output.

    BBU status for Adapter: 0
    BatteryType: iBBU08
    Voltage: 3721 mV
    Current: 541 mA
    Temperature: 43 C
    BBU Firmware Status:
    Charging Status : Charging
    Voltage : OK
    Temperature : OK
    Learn Cycle Requested : No
    Learn Cycle Active : No
    Learn Cycle Status : OK
    Learn Cycle Timeout : No
    I2c Errors Detected : No
    Battery Pack Missing : No
    Battery Replacement required : No
    Remaining Capacity Low : Yes
    Periodic Learn Required : No
    Transparent Learn : No
    Battery state:
    Fully Discharged : No
    Fully Charged : No
    Discharging : No
    Initialized : No
    Remaining Time Alarm : Yes
    Remaining Capacity Alarm: No
    Discharge Terminated : No
    Over Temperature : No
    Charging Terminated : No
    Over Charged : No
    Relative State of Charge: 7 %
    Charger System State: 1
    Charger System Ctrl: 0
    Charging current: 541 mA
    Absolute State of Charge: 0%
    Max Error: 0 %
    Exit Code: 0x00

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