PERC3 performance issues

Alexander Lazarevich alazarev at
Wed Dec 4 17:41:00 CST 2002

We've got:

dual 2.8GHz
4GB ram
PERC3/QC RAID controller
10 X 73 GB Maxtor U320 drives
redhat linux 7.3
2.4.18-18.7.xsmp kernel
ext3 filesystems

if i configure a single maxtor drive in a RAID 0 configuration, put an
ext3 filesystem on it, and run some bonnie++ benchmarks, i get 30MB/sec

if i configure 8 drives in a RAID 5 configuration on the same exact
RAID channel (destroy the RAID 0 first), and setup an ext3 filesystem of
the same size, and run the same exact bonnie++ benchmark, i get 46MB/sec

that seems bad. if a single disk can do 30MB/sec, then shouldn't 8 drives
in a RAID 5 be able to do about 140MB/sec writes? everything is the same
except the RAID configuration and number of disks.

anyone have similar problems/complaints?


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   Alex Lazarevich | Systems | Imaging Technology Group
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