specs for speed of RAID?

Rechenberg, Andrew arechenberg at shermfin.com
Mon Nov 18 09:50:01 CST 2002

Well, even if I get 100MB/s, that's better than what I'm getting now
(~65MB/s).  This server is a 6600 quad Xeon 1.4GHZ with 8GB RAM so I
believe I should have sufficient "spare" resources to get better than
65MB/s from a software RAID10 array.  But then again, I don't know and
that's why I'm asking here :)

Has anyone gotten better real-world performance from software RAID than
from the PERC3's?


-----Original Message-----
From: bscott at ntisys.com [mailto:bscott at ntisys.com] 
Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 8:44 AM
To: linux-poweredge at dell.com
Subject: RE: specs for speed of RAID?

On Sat, 16 Nov 2002, at 7:42am, arechenberg at shermfin.com wrote:
> I'm wondering if we get some 39160's in there and just use software
> if we'll get similar performance as the list member below.

  It is worth pointing out that benchmarks run on a software RAID
configuration on an unloaded system will give artificially high results.

Essentially, when doing that, you turn your entire system into one
big RAID controller.  Of course a multi-processor system with hundreds
megabytes of RAM will do RAID fast.  :)

  In "real world" usage, the system will be busy doing other things
(presumably, that is why you bought it), giving more benefit to
RAID calculations to a dedicated card.  How much of a benefit is
proportional to the load on the system.

  That being said, some of the PERC's have abysmal performance anyway.

Ben Scott <bscott at ntisys.com>
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