By default, obigstore ensures that each update has been pushed all the way to persistent storage before acknowledging it to the client (on POSIX systems, this means calling fsync()/fdatasync() or similar). This ensures that there is no data loss in case of system crash as long as the storage survives.

obigstore amortizes the cost of fsync() over several updates by performing group commits of concurrent updates. This way, given enough concurrency, write rates exceeding the disk seek rate by up to 3 orders of magnitude can be reached. So as to further support this, obigstore allows to perform several concurrent operations on a single connection.

It is possible to instruct obigstore to perform asynchronous writes (i.e., disable fsync()ing) by using the -no-fsync option. This can lead to data loss (data buffered by the OS by not pushed to disk yet) in case of system crash, but not to data corruption.