Re: 3Ware 9500S-12 RAID controller -- poor performance
From: Mikael Abrahamsson
Date: Mon Oct 10 2005 - 06:09:00 EST
On Mon, 10 Oct 2005, Dr. David Alan Gilbert wrote:
Nice. Have you tried Software RAID5 on top of that? I would be very
interested to know how software RAID5 goes relative to the 3Ware
There have been hundreds of email regarding this on the
linux-raid@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx list. Please look in the archives.
It's well known that 3ware hw raid is slow when writing, current theory is
that this is due to the lack of buffering meaning that any write makes it
read a lot as well, destroying performance. Generally, the performance
numbers advertised by 3ware when writing is a dd to the drive itself (I
got this number after doing a support request on it a few years back),
without a filesystem. This goes very quickly, but writing files on a
filesystem is usually very slow (10 megabyte/s or so). When doing SW raid
the SW layer has access to the memory block cache and can thus avoid a lot
of physical reads on the drives.
I never had any problems getting good read speeds on the HW raid.
My experience is with the 7500 series, the 9500 series has cache as well
but this doesn't seem to have solved a lot of the performance problems
seen with the 7500 series.
Mikael Abrahamsson email: swmike@xxxxxxxxx
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
Please read the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/