[CentOS] 4.4/64-bit Supermicro/ Nvidia RAID [thanks]

Tue Dec 12 17:37:39 UTC 2006
William Warren <hescominsoon at emmanuelcomputerconsulting.com>


Feizhou wrote:
> John R Pierce wrote:
>>  > I can accept faster in certain cases but if you say HUGELY faster, 
>> I would like to see some numbers.
>> now, everything I've described above is a rather unusual 
>> application... so let me present a far more common scenarios...
> not so. I used to run boxes that handled 600 to 1000 smtp connections 
> each. Creating and deleting thousands of small files was the environment 
> I worked in.
>> Relational DB Management Servers, like Oracle, or PostgreSQL.     when 
>> the RDBMS does a 'commit' at transaction END;, the server HAS to fsync 
>> its buffers to disk to maintain data integrity.     With a writeback 
>> cache disk controller, the controller can acknowlege the writes as 
>> soon as the data is in its cache, then it can write that data to disk 
>> at its leisure.      With software RAID, the server has to wait until 
>> ALL drives of the RAID slice have seeked, and completed the physical 
>> writes to the disk.   In a write intensive database, where most of the 
>> read data is cached to memory, this is a HUGE performance hit.
> I must say that the 3ware cards on those boxes that had them were not 
> 955x series and therefore had no cache. Perhaps things would have been 
> different if it were 955x cards in there but at that time, the 9xxx 
> 3ware cards were not even out yet.
> Since you have clearly pointed out the performance benefit really comes 
> from the cache (if you have enough) on the board I do not see why using 
> software raid and a battery-backed RAM card like the umem or even the 
> gigabyte i-ram for the journal of the filesystem will be any less slow 
> if at all.
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