[linux-lvm] logical volumes and raid alignment

Luca Berra bluca at comedia.it
Mon May 3 05:38:42 UTC 2010

On Sun, May 02, 2010 at 10:33:03PM +0200, Alexander 'Leo' Bergolth wrote:
>I am using LVM on a hardware RAID 5 and I'd like to tune the alignment
>of lvm extents to match the raid stripe size.
>My raid chunk size is 64k and I am using 5 data-bearing discs (raid 5
>with 6 discs), so the raid stripe size should be 64k * 5 = 320k.
>I have already managed to properly align the partition to a multiple of
>this value and I am able to align the beginning of the first extent by
>specifying --dataalignment 320k to pvcreate.
>But unfortunately the --physicalextentsize must be a power of 2, so I
>cannot use a multiple of 320k as the physical extent size.
>What are your experiences with tuning and properly aligning lvm + raid?
>Does anyone know a workaround?
I had a similar issue, and best thing i came up with was creating volume
group with PE Size == chunk_size, and create/extend all logical volumes
to a multiple of data_disks PE.


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