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SubjectRe: mdadm software raid + ext4, capped at ~350MiB/s limitation/bug?
Justin Piszcz wrote:
> On Sun, 28 Feb 2010, Mike Snitzer wrote:
>> On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 4:45 AM, Justin Piszcz
>> <> wrote:
> [ .. ]
>> How did you format the ext3 and ext4 filesystems?
>> Did you use mkfs.ext[34] -E stride and stripe-width accordingly?
>> AFAIK even older versions of mkfs.xfs will probe for this info but
>> older mkfs.ext[34] won't (though new versions of mkfs.ext[34] will,
>> using the Linux "topology" info).
> Yes and it did not make any difference:
> Incase anyone else wants to try too, you can calculate by hand, or if you
> are in a hurry, I found this useful:
> I believe there is something fundamentally wrong with ext4 when
> performing large sequential I/O when writing, esp. after Ted's comments.
> Justin.
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I'm going to have to do some testing now, I just tested ext4 against the
raw speed of the device (single device test) and they were quite close
to identical. I'm going to order one more drive to bring my test setup
up to five devices, and do some testing on how it behaves.

More later.

Bill Davidsen <>
"We can't solve today's problems by using the same thinking we
used in creating them." - Einstein

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