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SubjectRe: Abysmal RAID 0 performance on 2.4.0-test10 for IDE?
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Felix von Leitner writes:
> I bought 4 ATA-100 Maxtor drives and put them on a Promise Ultra100
> controller to make a single striping RAID of them to increase
> throughput.
>
> I wrote a small test program that simply reads stdin linearly and
> displays the throughput. Here are the results of my test program:
> # rb < /dev/ide/host2/bus0/target0/lun0/part1
> 27.8 meg/sec
> # rb < /dev/ide/host2/bus0/target0/lun0/part1
> 26.8 meg/sec
>
> Here is the result of my test program on the strip set:
> # rb < /dev/md/0
> 30.3 meg/sec

> hde: 160086528 sectors (81964 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=158816/16/63, UDMA(100)
> hdf: 160086528 sectors (81964 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=158816/16/63, UDMA(100)
> hdg: 160086528 sectors (81964 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=158816/16/63, UDMA(100)
> hdh: 160086528 sectors (81964 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=158816/16/63, UDMA(100)

That's because IDE doesn't allow multiple requests on the same bus, unlike
SCSI. That's why IDE disks on the same bus are "master" and "slave". If
you look at the 3ware IDE RAID systems, each drive has its own IDE bus.
Maybe try a stripe set on only two disks, hde and hdg, and see how it works.

Cheers, Andreas
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\ would they cancel out, leaving him still hungry?"
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