Re: Solaris ZFS on Linux

From: Helge Hafting
Date: Thu Aug 03 2006 - 05:33:02 EST

On Wed, Aug 02, 2006 at 07:20:25PM -0700, Wil Reichert wrote:
> On 8/2/06, Krzysztof Halasa <khc@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >Kyle Moffett <mrmacman_g4@xxxxxxx> writes:
> >
> >> IMHO the best alternative for a situation like that is a storage
> >> controller with a battery-backed cache and a hunk of flash NVRAM for
> >> when the power shuts off (just in case you run out of battery), as
> >> well as a separate 1GB battery-backed PCI ramdisk for an external
> >> journal device (likewise equipped with flash NVRAM). It doesn't take
> >> much power at all to write a gig of stuff to a small flash chip
> >> (Think about your digital camera which runs off a couple AA's), so
> >> with a fair-sized on-board battery pack you could easily transfer its
> >> data to NVRAM and still have power left to back up data in RAM for 12
> >> hours or so. That way bootup is fast (no reading 1GB of data from
> >> NVRAM) but there's no risk of data loss.
> >
> >Not sure - reading flash is fast, but writing is quite slow.
> >A digital camera can consume a set of 2 or 4 2500 mAh AA cells
> >for a fraction of 1 GB (of course, only a part of power goes
> >to flash).
> Seeks are fast, throughput is terrible, power is minimal:
That particular flash drive had terrible througput.

But there are other alternatives. I use a kingston 4GB
compactflash card as a disk, and it reads 22MB/s, according to
specs and tests with hdparm. And it writes 16MB/s.

Much better than the sorry thing in that test, about the same
read speed as their worst platter-based harddisk. And of course it still have
the nice seek times of non-rotating media. :-)

Helge Hafting

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