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SubjectRe: Tuning Linux for high-speed disk subsystems

> As I count your disks may be the double for the best case. I read here on
> LKML a post that someone claims that W2k deliever 250 MB/s with such a
> configuration. Linux 2.4 should do the same. Ask the SCSI gurus.

That may have been my post you refer to. With 2x5 disks, each capable of
50 MB/s by itself, we can stream 255 MB/s very smoothly in either direction
with W2K --- as long as FILE_FLAG_NOBUFFER is used. With standard
reads the number is more like 100 MB/s if I recall correctly, so the buffer
cache can definitely get in the way.

With Linux + XFS I was getting 250 MB/s read and 220 MB/s write (with a
bit less smoothness than W2K) using O_DIRECT and no high mem to avoid
bounce buffer copies. Using standard reads the numbers drop to around
120 MB/s. That was a couple of weeks ago and I want to try tweaking some
more but a co-worker has "borrowed" pieces of the hardware for the moment.

Marvin Justice
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BOXX Technologies
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