ZFS RaidZ2 with 24 drives?
ticso at cicely7.cicely.de
Fri Dec 18 19:10:51 UTC 2009
On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 09:28:02AM -0600, James R. Van Artsdalen wrote:
> Thomas Burgess wrote:
> > One thing most people don't know about hard drives in general is that
> > sometimes up to 30% of the space is actually ECC. With software raid
> > systems like ZFS, this will eventually be somethign that we can take
> > advantage of.
> ECC is less than 10% of the space. The inter-sector gap and gap between
> a sector's address and data fields, etc, are larger and more problematic
> as rotation speeds increase.
> > Because of this, you can imagine a scenario where allowing ZFS to
> > use this ECC space as raw storage, while leaving the data corrections
> > to ZFS would be ideal. It's not only a matter of space, it will also
> > lead to nice improvements in speed. (more data can be read/written by
> > the head as it passes)
I can imagine this might work, but do not see it to be very realistic.
And I'm not sure this is a very good idea as well.
> The disk drive industry's solution to this is 4K sector sizes. See
This is an quite interesting article, but for me not very surprising.
It is a bit more surprising that this is not already standard.
The whole thing is not new - the Commodore 1581 floppy drive did a track at
once logic with caching and supplied logical 256 Byte sectors with
underlying 512 MFM blocks.
With flash cards 4k physical sectors are also very common and writing
smaller/unaligned transfers leads to slow read-modify-write cycles.
You need to be very carefull when partitioning a flash based memory
card - a lot of us are already using flash based as an alternative to
People also used MO media with 1k and 2k hard sectoring - they usually
don't have an emulation for 512 Bytes.
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