[linux-lvm] Disk striping option

Andreas Dilger adilger at turbolinux.com
Wed Nov 8 20:28:29 UTC 2000

Patrick Swartz writes:
> I have a question about the use of the LVM native striping option.  Here is
> my scenario: I have RH7.0 with an ICP-Vortex Raid controller and 11 Seagate
> 50G hard-drives in a JBOD chassis that is set up as a single VG.  An older
> system has the same configuration without LVM and using RH6.2.
> What I want to do is move all of the data from the older system to the LVM
> system and then add the old 11 drives to the LVM system to in affect double
> my space available.
> Also, do you have any recommendation for a File System to use? This is a
> production system so I am a little leery of 0.0.x software, but I am not
> crazy about ext2 fcsk on 1TB of data either.

If this is a production system, I would be very leery of using 11 disks
striped together into a single filesystem.  I'd be even more leery of
having 22 disks in this configuration.  First of all, you can't get
close to 11x the bandwidth of a single disk, and secondly you will
kill your I/O rate because each of the 11 disks will have to be involved
in every I/O rather than allowing them to each handle separate I/Os.

Also, you run a huge risk of trashing all of your data if a single disk
fails, whereas with the normal concatenated configuration you at least
have some chance to get the data back.

RedHat is running a Beta program with ext3-0.0.3b, and I've been using
it on my systems for several months without problems.  Despite the
version number, it is very robust and is only lacking metadata-only
journalling (added in 0.0.5 but it came with a few bugs).

Of course, your choice of filesystem also depends on what you are using
this server for.

Cheers, Andreas
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