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SubjectRe: Update on Promise 100TX2 + Serverworks IDE issues -- 2.2.20
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> On Tue, 2 Apr 2002 jim@rubylane.com wrote:
>
> > >
> > > On Tue, 2 Apr 2002 jim@rubylane.com wrote:
> > > > 2. The MB IDE ports transfer data at about 18000K/sec while doing
> > > > cat /dev/hda >/dev/null and looking at vmstat.
> > >
> > > I think the serverworks IDE is only mode4, not even UDMA33. I heard a lot of
> > > bad things about it, and removed all the IDE drives from our serverworks
> > > system's controller.
> > >
> > > > hdk. In a 32-bit slot, cat /dev/hdx >/dev/null shows 31300K/sec. But
> > > > doing cat /dev/hde4 (a specific partition) for example gives
> > > > 8400K/sec. That makes no sense to me.
> > >
> > > The outer cylinders of a drive are faster than the inner cylinders. Try
> > > repartitioning the drive so that hde4 starts at cylinder 1, and see if that
> > > changes the speed.
> >
> > That's not it because all 4 drives are partitioned the same, yet hde4
> > gives 8400K/sec and hdk4 gives 31000K. Also there are the same number
> > of interrupts/sec and context switches per sec according to vmstat in
> > the 8400 and 31000 case.
>
> sure you've got the same block size? 8400 * 4 is suspiciously close the
> 31000 ... I don't use vmstat, so I'm not sure if it reports blocks or
> kbyte /sec

Yeah, I even remade the file systems on both drives and got the same
result.

After moving the drives around on the Promise controller and moving 1
drive back to the MB IDE port, it looks like all drives are running at
high speed. I dunno - it's weird. I wouldn't be surprised if one of
the drives arbitrarily reverts back to the slower speed at some point
or after a future reboot, though it hasn't yet.

I was thinking maybe burst mode was not getting turned on, not working,
or getting turned off on some of the Promise ports for some reason.

vmstat reports KB/sec.

Jim
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