[linux-lvm] lvm partition on ramdisk

Gerrard Geldenhuis Gerrard.Geldenhuis at datacash.com
Mon May 19 15:01:08 UTC 2008

Thanks for the update. I have not followed the thread closely... did you
see any significant measured peformance increase in using lvm on a





From: linux-lvm-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:linux-lvm-bounces at redhat.com]
On Behalf Of Larry Dickson
Sent: 19 May 2008 15:37
To: LVM general discussion and development
Subject: Re: [linux-lvm] lvm partition on ramdisk


Final results FYI in this investigation: A recent Ubuntu release gets
past the 1TB limit. I found binaries for dosfstools_2.11-2.1ubuntu3 at
and unpacked them with ar -x. The source is in

With 4KB sectors, it defaults to 128KB clusters and reaches over 97%
write speed on an 8TB volume. The ramdisk area needed is a little over
512MB, so if you use 768MB you get quite a bit of room for directories
also on ramdisk, and with a little finesse you can even make the
subdirectories lay themselves down on ramdisk. To be "Windows-legal" you
could use 32KB clusters and a little over 2GB ramdisk (or a little over
1GB with one FAT). Linux is happy with the big clusters, and according
to the design should actually be willing to go to 16TB.



On 5/13/08, Stuart D. Gathman <stuart at bmsi.com> wrote: 

On Tue, 13 May 2008, Larry Dickson wrote:

> on the full, unpartitioned lv. Then it mounted, with the entire FAT on
> ramdisk, and wrote very fast because FAT32 (like DOS) lays down data
> order from the start of a disk and does not skip around (I'd be
> if anyone knows any other file systems with that property).

The SysV filesystem put a fixed size inode table at the beginning of a
partition.  More modern filesystems from ext to reiser try to distribute
the meta-data to keep it closer to the data.  This is, of course,
productive when the beginning of a disk is significantly faster and
as in your setup.

Since ext3 inode placement is table driven (with the table in a magic
there is probably a simple patch to mke2fs to create only one inode
table at
the beginning of a drive.  In fact, I wonder if there is already an
looks like -g blocks_per_group might do the trick - assuming inodes are
at the beginning of a block group, rather than the middle.  If not,
a patch to mke2fs is needed to do what you want.

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