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RE: [dm-devel] Round Robin vs Active/Passive

My Hitachi AMS200 is an Active/Passive array says Hitachi. 
By looking at asm13 I see all my paths active. Did use the
"path_grouping_policy    multibus" when creating that alias. 

The LUNs that are picked up and not aliased in /etc/multipath.conf seem
to show an active/passive setup. 

Wondering "How" the [active] or [active] [enables] setup is figured out
by multipath.

(this is a different machine, but with no alias I [active] & [enabled]
mpath5 (1HITACHI_D60090910036) dm-10 HITACHI,DF600F
\_ round-robin 0 [prio=0][active]
 \_ 0:0:1:36 sdq 65:0  [active][undef]
\_ round-robin 0 [prio=0][enabled]
 \_ 0:0:0:36 sdf 8:80  [active][undef]

This one was aliased with below settings in /etc/multipath.conf
Multipath -l
asm13 (1HITACHI_730600240012) dm-53 HITACHI,DF600F
\_ round-robin 0 [prio=0][active]
 \_ 0:0:1:12 sdba 67:64   [active][undef]
 \_ 1:0:0:12 sdco 69:192  [active][undef]
 \_ 1:0:1:12 sdec 128:64  [active][undef]
 \_ 0:0:0:12 sdm  8:192   [active][undef]

>From /etc/multipath.conf:
        multipath {
                wwid                    1HITACHI_730600240012
                alias                   asm13
                path_grouping_policy    multibus
                path_checker            readsector0
                path_selector           "round-robin 0"
                failback                immediate

>From /etc/multipath.conf:
defaults {
        udev_dir                /dev
        polling_interval        10
        selector                "round-robin 0"
        path_grouping_policy    multibus
        getuid_callout          "/sbin/scsi_id -g -u -s /block/%n"
        prio_callout            /bin/true
        path_checker            readsector0
        rr_min_io               100
        rr_weight               priorities
        failback                immediate
        no_path_retry           fail
        user_friendly_name      yes


-----Original Message-----
From: dm-devel-bounces redhat com [mailto:dm-devel-bounces redhat com]
On Behalf Of Craig Simpson
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 7:48 AM
To: device-mapper development
Subject: [dm-devel] Round Robin vs Active/Passive

For multipathd and dm is round-robin the only mode for multipathing? The
array we have as a newer Hitachi AMS200 and Active/Passive says the

Using round-robin seems to work fine with it. Have 4 paths and they are
all sharing 1/4 of the load. 

Are there other options that can be set in /etc/multipath.conf? I only
know of round-robin. 


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