[linux-lvm] understanding large LVM volumes

Randall A. Jones rajones at svs.gsfc.nasa.gov
Fri Jan 14 17:38:10 UTC 2005

I am trying to understand what the size limitations of VGs are for LVM2.
I am running 2.6.10-1.741_FC3smp, lvm2-2.00.25
The HOWTO document has really helped my understanding of the general 
concepts involved.

My goal is to create a 4+TB VG with current devices and then be able to 
expand this VG to 10+TB when new resources become available.

My questions are as follows. 
What is the maximum size of a single VG?
How does the Physical Extent size affect the maximum VG size?
How does one go about chosing a PE size for a VG? 

Does anyone have experience with very large LVM VGs?
I want to ensure that I choose a good PE size when creating this large 
VG and that
I don't paint myself into a corner, making it difficult to grow to 10TB 
when the time

Any information, suggestions, or experiences for/with large volumes would
be much appreciated.

As a test, I created a VG with 3 devices totaling 4.3TB.  I used only 

[root at damascus ~]# pvscan

  PV /dev/sdc1   VG testvg   lvm2 [431.99 GB / 0    free]

  PV /dev/sdd1   VG testvg   lvm2 [1.95 TB / 0    free]

  PV /dev/sde1   VG testvg   lvm2 [1.95 TB / 0    free]

  Total: 3 [4.33 TB] / in use: 3 [4.33 TB] / in no VG: 0 [0   ]

[root at damascus ~]# vgdisplay

  --- Volume group ---

  VG Name               testvg

  System ID             

  Format                lvm2

  Metadata Areas        3

  Metadata Sequence No  3

  VG Access             read/write

  VG Status             resizable

  MAX LV                0

  Cur LV                1

  Open LV               1

  Max PV                0

  Cur PV                3

  Act PV                3

  VG Size               4.33 TB

  PE Size               4.00 MB

  Total PE              1134586

  Alloc PE / Size       1134586 / 4.33 TB

  Free  PE / Size       0 / 0   

  VG UUID               hnKF8h-Infa-wKiE-KtUT-OByG-q0pe-Nd4taB

Thank you,

Randall Jones     GST      NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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