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SubjectRe: IDE DMA Problems...system hangs
Jasmeet Sidhu wrote:
>
> Hey guys,
>
> I am attaching my previous email for additional info. Now I am using
> kernel 2.4.1-ac12 and these problems have not gone away.
>
> Anybody else having these problems with a ide raid 5?
>
> The Raid 5 performance should also be questioned..here are some number
> returned by hdparam
>
> /dev/hda - IBM DLTA 20GB (ext2)
> /dev/md0 - 8 IBM DLTA 45GB (Reiserfs)
>
> [root@bertha hdparm-3.9]# ./hdparm -t /dev/hda
> /dev/hda:
> Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 2.36 seconds = 27.12 MB/sec
>
> [root@bertha hdparm-3.9]# ./hdparm -t /dev/md0
> /dev/md0:
> Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 22.16 seconds = 2.89 MB/sec
>
> Is this to be expected? This much performance loss? Anybody else using
> IDE raid, I would really appreciate your input on this setup.

md2 = RAID0 ext2

hda = hdb = IBM DTTA-351010 (10GB, 5400RPM, UDMA33)

# hdparm -tT /dev/hda /dev/md2
/dev/hda:
Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 5.27 seconds = 12.14 MB/sec
Timing buffer-cache reads: 128 MB in 0.82 seconds =156.10 MB/sec

/dev/md2:
Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 3.34 seconds = 19.16 MB/sec
Timing buffer-cache reads: 128 MB in 0.80 seconds =160.00 MB/sec

On AMD K7 w/ 7409 (Viper) chipset, DMA66 mode w/ 80-pin cable.
kernel = 2.4.1-ac8, no errors in kernel log.
So I get a 58% increase. You should almost max out the bus.

You probably have a bad cable. Try hdparam on each disk and see if
any of them have errors/ cause the lockup.

-Thomas
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