Re: Poor Software RAID-0 performance with

From: Helge Hafting
Date: Tue Nov 22 2005 - 03:27:13 EST

On Mon, Nov 21, 2005 at 09:31:14PM +0100, Lars Roland wrote:
> I have created a stripe across two 500Gb disks located on separate IDE
> channels using:
> mdadm -Cv /dev/md0 -c32 -n2 -l0 /dev/hdb /dev/hdd
> the performance is awful on both kernel and (even
> with hdparm and blockdev tuning), both bonnie++ and hdparm (included
> below) shows a single disk operating faster than the stripe:
To rule out hardware problems (harware not as parallel as you might think):

Try running the performance test (bonnie++ or hdparm)
on both /dev/hdb and /dev/hdd at the same time.

Two hdparms on different disks should not take longer time than one,
unless you have bad hardware.

One bonnie with size x MB takes y minutes to run.
Two bonnies, each of size x/2 MB should take between
y/2 an y minutes to run. If they need more, then something
is wrong again, explaining bad RAID performance.

Helge Hafting

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