mps(4) driver (LSI 6Gb SAS) commited to stable/8

Jeremy Chadwick freebsd at
Fri Feb 18 22:38:35 UTC 2011

On Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 01:08:41AM +0300, Dmitry Morozovsky wrote:
> On Fri, 18 Feb 2011, Kenneth D. Merry wrote:
> KDM> I just merged the mps(4) driver to stable/8, for those of you with LSI 6Gb
> KDM> SAS hardware.
> [snip]
> Again, thank you very much Ken.  I'm planning to stress test this on 846 case 
> filled with 12 (yet) WD RE4 disks organized as raidz2, and will post the 
> results.
> Any hints to particularly I/O stressing patterns?  Out of my mind, I'm planning 
> multiple parallel -j'ed builds, parallel tars, *SQL benchmarks -- what else 
> could you suppose?

Please be aware of a performance issue affecting certain models of WD
RE4 disks.  Specifics are still sketchy, but you should read the thread
"immense delayed write to file system (ZFS and UFS2), performance
issues" in full to get an idea of the problem:

There's confirmation of the problem here, with the statement that WD
gave at least one person a firmware image that fixed the problem:

Buyer beware.  :-)  And remember, it's not an issue with the
brand/vendor, just certain models.  Caviar Black drives don't appear
affected (and don't let the TLER stuff make you lose focus), which is
one reason why I advocate them.

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