Gvinum RAID5 performance

Brad Knowles brad at stop.mail-abuse.org
Sun Oct 31 15:37:16 PST 2004

At 9:55 AM +1100 2004-11-01, <freebsd at newmillennium.net.au> wrote:

>  Now, running a dd from a plex gives me less performance than running a
>  dd from one of the subdisks, even though the array is not running in
>  degraded mode.

	Right.  This is RAID-5.  It is used for reliability, not 
performance.  The entire stripe has to be read at once and written at 
once, for any operation involving that stripe.

	If you want maximum performance, try RAID 1+0 (make sure to 
stripe the mirrors and not mirror the stripes).

>  On a final note, I'd like to implement the ability to grow RAID5 plexes
>  - any suggestions on where to start?

	This is a more complex issue than you realize.  If you want to 
contribute code to perform this operation, I'm sure that the project 
would be more than happy to receive them in consideration for 
inclusion in the gvinum code.

Brad Knowles, <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org>

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