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

Darcy Buskermolen darcy at
Tue Nov 1 14:16:28 PST 2005

On Tuesday 01 November 2005 13:22, Mike Tancsa wrote:
> 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.
I'd like to see some PostgreSQL numbers specificaly under high concurancy, 
This can easily provided by pgbench.  If you need more info on how to do this 
this please feel free to contact me and I'll give you the quick and dirty 

> CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 3.00GHz (2992.51-MHz 686-class CPU)
>    Origin = "GenuineIntel"  Id = 0xf41  Stepping = 1
>    Features2=0x641d<SSE3,RSVD2,MON,DS_CPL,CNTX-ID,CX16,<b14>>
>    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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Darcy Buskermolen
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