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Re: [linux-lvm] lvm over raid5 - sizes



Oh wow... I thought EMVS was a LVM2 "equivalent." Can't really give you any ideas about EMVS without doing some reading, but the "RAID5 region" sounds neat.

My Experience:
I've been using LVM2 ontop of software RAID5 for over a year. I've been happy with it. It seems a little slow... but I don't care too much. I know atleast some other people are doing it, and it does fit my needs. I've gone through the whole "grow" process twice now. It is time consuming to grow the disk, but you don't have to sit and watch... and you can have the system live if you wish. A "pvmove /dev/md0 /dev/md3" takes about 8 hours with their sizes about 174GB.


If you can afford 1 hot spare (like your other message said) you might want to go with RAID1, it would be faster.


Erik Ohrnberger wrote:


Well, I have a similar problem/desire.

I want to have RAID5 for redundancy/reliability.  But I want to be able to
resize the file system stored on the RAID5 array, as well as being able to
add and remove hard disks to either increase/decrease available storage.

What would be your recommendation for a configuration?

At the moment, I'm considering using EVMS with its RAID5 regions, and put
LVM2 on top of it.

Thanks in advance,
   Erik.



-----Original Message-----
From: linux-lvm-bounces redhat com [mailto:linux-lvm-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Sam Vilain
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2005 12:11 AM
To: LVM general discussion and development
Subject: Re: [linux-lvm] lvm over raid5 - sizes



Scott Serr wrote:


I have alot of ideas going through my head. Here is my situation:

I've had 5 IDEs with 4 partitions each. Each partition is

in a RAID5

md:stripped. md0 = hda5, hdb5, hdc5, hdd5, hde5 md1 = hda6, hdb6, hdc6, hdd6, hde6 md2 = hda7, hdb7, hdc7, hdd7 md3 = hda8, hdb8, hdc8, hdd8

md0-3 are in an LVM2 volume group. This makes it really nice when expanding or adding another disk because I just pull say

md3 out of the

volume group... rebuild md3 bigger and then add it back. I just upgraded, replacing hde with a bigger disk and while

the pvmoves

are taking FOREVER... I thought what is the right size for

the RAID5

chunk-size?

I have chunk-size = 128k right now.

The pv extents size is (always?) 4MB.

Am I just shooting myself in the foot by not making my RAID

chunk size

atleast 1MB? Can someone give me a reason to increase it?


You're shooting yourself in the foot with RAID 5 and a crazy setup like this in the first place. I sure hope this isn't for a production box :)

Just get more disks and use RAID 1. It's faster, simpler, and more robust. You can still do all of the tricks that you're looking for.

Hey, maybe one of the disks has failed. Standard RAID 5 behaviour as designed in this case is to slow to a crawl. Alternatively maybe you're just experiencing what is known in the 'biz as "The Butterfly Effect".

With most striping, keep the chunk size as large as possible. It's a real waste to spend 10ms waiting for the disk platter to rotate, and then only read 128kB of data. Set it as high as possible.
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