Browse Definitions :
Definition

write back

Contributor(s): Stan Gibilisco

Write back is a storage method in which data is written into the cache every time a change occurs, but is written into the corresponding location in main memory only at specified intervals or under certain conditions.

When a data location is updated in write back mode, the data in cache is called fresh, and the corresponding data in main memory, which no longer matches the data in cache, is called stale. If a request for stale data in main memory arrives from another application program, the cache controller updates the data in main memory before the application accesses it.

Write back optimizes the system speed because it takes less time to write data into cache alone, as compared with writing the same data into both cache and main memory. However, this speed comes with the risk of data loss in case of a crash or other adverse event.

Write back is the preferred method of data storage in applications where occasional data loss events can be tolerated. In more critical applications such as banking and medical device control, an alternative method called write through practically eliminates the risk of data loss because every update gets written into both the main memory and the cache. In write through mode, the main memory data always stays fresh.

This was last updated in July 2012

Continue Reading About write back

Join the conversation

1 comment

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

thanks 

Cancel

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchCompliance

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

  • PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)

    The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a widely accepted set of policies and procedures intended to ...

  • risk management

    Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings.

SearchSecurity

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • call tree

    A call tree is a layered hierarchical communication model that is used to notify specific individuals of an event and coordinate ...

  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

    Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide ...

  • cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR)

    Cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR) is a combination of strategies and services intended to back up data, applications and other ...

SearchStorage

Close