speccing an NFS server -- smp good or bad?

Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC chad at shire.net
Sun Jan 8 23:37:58 PST 2006

For a FBSD (or Solaris 10) based server that is only acting as an NFS  
server and nothing else, is there any advantage to using an SMP  
machine?  Any disadvantage?

Does CPU speed play any great factor (ie, use a 1.8ghz opteron  
instead of a 2.2ghz opteron for example)?

I am planning for a Spring project to make an nfs server that serves  
to multiple web servers / application servers using an Areca 1130  
SATA raid card.  I assume lots of RAM for the OS to use to cache  
would be desirable and GB ethernet.


Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC
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