Benchmarks to run (was Re: SATA: RAID 5 controller recommendations

Mike Tancsa mike at
Tue Nov 1 13:23:12 PST 2005

At 07:23 PM 31/10/2005, Francisco Reyes wrote:
>On Sat, 29 Oct 2005, Mike Tancsa wrote:
>>>>I use the 3ware line (8xxx) and they are very stable, but not the 
>>>>fastest. For speed, check out the cards from Areca.  Native 
>>>>FreeBSD support and they are FAST
>Saw a review last night of the Areca cards vs the latest 3ware. The 
>areca cards were about twice as fast, but the article says that they 
>are about twice as expensive (or something on that area). :-(

OK, I finally got the RAM for a server that will be in my lab for 
another week before going out to a customers.   I was going to test 
out the 9500SX and Areca using a bunch of different programs from the 
simple (dd) to not quite so simple (one of our large radius data sets 
in mysql) and see how things compare.  Anyone have any requests for 
me to run ? The only thing I will change on the box is an Areca for 
the 9500SX. Other than that, the hardware will be the same.

bonnie, iozone, bonnie++.  Apps I will load up will be mysql.

CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 3.00GHz (2992.51-MHz 686-class CPU)
   Origin = "GenuineIntel"  Id = 0xf41  Stepping = 1
   AMD Features=0x20000000<LM>
   Hyperthreading: 2 logical CPUs

I am booting off an IDE drive and will run all tests against a single 
RAID5 volume

I will start with the 3ware tonight

3ware device driver for 9000 series storage controllers, version:
twa0: <3ware 9000 series Storage Controller> port 0xdf80-0xdfbf mem 
0xdc000000-0xddffffff,0xdeeff000-0xdeefffff irq 24 at device 3.0 on pci3
twa0: [FAST]
twa0: INFO: (0x15: 0x1300): Controller details:: Model 9550SX-4LP, 4 
ports, Firmware FE9X, BIOS BE9X
da0 at twa0 bus 0 target 0 lun 0
da0: <AMCC 9550SX-4LP DISK 3.01> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-3 device
da0: 100.000MB/s transfers
da0: 343290MB (703057920 512 byte sectors: 255H 63S/T 43763C)

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