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SubjectRe: SATA-performance: Linux vs. FreeBSD
Martin A. Fink wrote:
> I have to store big amounts of data coming from 2 digital cameras to disk.
> Thus I have to write blocks of around 1 MB at 30 to 50 frames per second for
> a long period of time. So it is important for me that the harddisk drive is
> reliable in the sense of "if it is capable of 50 MB/s then it should operate
> at this speed. Constantly."

The good old handful of suggestions:

- Use a dedicated disc for the task.
- Use an empty disc so there is no fragmentation.
- Buy a bigger disk, they have high bandwidths.
- Buy a more "specialized" disc.
for e.x.: Western Digital Raptor X(*) a 150GB, 10-KRPM S-ATA disc.
- Buy several discs and use RAID 0
or alternate between discs when writing.
- use XFS. AFAIK XFS has about the best "large file" and "high
bandwidth" characteristics.
- that with XFS you can preallocate the files doesn't seem relevant in
this case. It's more for the case that you write several files
simultaneously over a longer period of time.
- Write to one large file and separate the individual files later.

if you are sure that you don't get a power-failure:
- Disable Write-Barriers, especially on a logging-filesystem.
- Enable write-caching.
(hdparm doesn't appear to be able to do that with a SATA-disc, but
blktool appears to be able to)
The later has a good chance of corrupting your filesystem when you do
get a power-failure!!!



*:
I don't think you want something from the server-line,
SCSI/FibreChannel/...?
IIRC i read a something about the first 100MB/s disc with in the 15-KRPM
league.

Bis denn

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