10 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2010 9:24 AM by Septic RSS

MFSYS25 / Modular Server - Super slow RAID-Subsystem

Septic Community Member
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Hi!

 

We have two diffent MFSYS25 with the same problem!

 

I don't know if it's by design but the Transferspeeds of the Raid-Controller totally SUCK!

 

If've tested it with 3 X25-M drives in RAID0 (with the new SATA-to-SAS-Converter):

 

max Read: 80 MB/s

max Write: 80 MB/s

 

the same drives on my workstation with P35-Chipset have an astonishing speed:

 

max Read: 720 MB/s

max Write: 220 MB/s

 

The same happens with 3 2,5" 10k HDDS, they only reach 80MB/s and that's to slow for your applications!

 

So were exactly is the Problem?  Is there somewhere a Limitation? Is there a workaround or do i have to life with a server that's slower than a normal 2,5" Notebook drive!?

 

best regards

  • 1. Re: MFSYS25 / Modular Server - Super slow RAID-Subsystem
    Dan_O Community Member
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    Do the X25 drives have any cache settings you can play around with?

  • 2. Re: MFSYS25 / Modular Server - Super slow RAID-Subsystem
    Septic Community Member
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    yes played around with these already!

     

    And they changed NOTHING.

     

    For example on Windows 7 i have to disable the Caching an reenable it to get the full speed but there i get atleast 220MB/s

  • 3. Re: MFSYS25 / Modular Server - Super slow RAID-Subsystem
    kaschool Community Member
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    Septic

     

    What firmware version are you running?

    What are you using to test the disk performance?

    Are your OS's installed on the same 3 disks where you are testing the performance?  Was this the same setup as on the workstation?

     

    Can you click on the SCM on the back of the chassis and then look at the battery tab to ensure that the battery state is normal.

    Can you also click on storage on the left hand side under settings and change Cache to enabled then click Save.

     

    Certainly your read/write performance does not sound good - but this is not a known problem of the system, so it must be to do with either your system or configuration.

  • 4. Re: MFSYS25 / Modular Server - Super slow RAID-Subsystem
    Septic Community Member
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    What firmware version are you running?

    Current Build Version: 5.0.100.20090928.19055

     

    What are you using to test the disk performance?

    HD Tune

    Are your OS's installed on the same 3 disks where you are testing the performance?

    Yes, Windows Server 2008 was installed

    Was this the same setup as on the workstation?

    Same setup, 3 SSDs in RAID0, Windows Server 2008, Drivers installed

    Can you click on the SCM on the back of the chassis and then look at the battery tab to ensure that the battery state is normal.

    Battery capacity is normal

    Can you also click on storage on the left hand side under settings and change Cache to enabled then click Save.

    HDD Write Back Cache: Enabled - was already activated

    The System is currently configured with 3 Seagate ST9146802SS with a Single RAID5 drive on them.

    HD Tune Test:  http://notebooks.ccs.at/HDTune_MFS_seagate.png

    According to Seagates Product Specififation ONE of these drives should have between 55 and 89 MB/s substained transfer rate.

    I also made a test with a Seagate 1.5 TB 7200rpm drive which is connected over ExternalSAS (miniSas or whatever it is called from an SAS-Expander)

    HD Tune Test: http://notebooks.ccs.at/HDTune_Expander_seagate.png

  • 5. Re: MFSYS25 / Modular Server - Super slow RAID-Subsystem
    kaschool Community Member
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    We will try and replicate and report our findings.  Hopefully we should come back to you by Wed....

  • 6. Re: MFSYS25 / Modular Server - Super slow RAID-Subsystem
    kaschool Community Member
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    Hi Septic

     

    What we have discovered is that HD Tune uses a command queue depth of 1 and fixed 64k sequential blocks.  We don't feel like this is a good tool to test a SAN environment (multiple servers connected to a shared storage subsystem) which we have in the Modular Server.

     

    IOMeter is a better benchmarking tool for shared storage environments and more accurately represents the performance cababilities of the Modular Server.  Please could you download this tool and increase the queue depth.  You can also look at random workloads with this tool to getter a better feel for real word performance.

     

    Each SAS controller on the compute module is 3Gb/s which translates to approx 300MB/s of potential bandwidth.  We can certainly achieve these kind of speeds with enough disks and real world simulated workloads.

     

    Thanks

     

    Rich

  • 7. Re: MFSYS25 / Modular Server - Super slow RAID-Subsystem
    Septic Community Member
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    Hi Richard.

    Regarding HD Tune you were right, i now used ATTO Disk Benchmark.

    Still there is a problem with the RAID Subsystem

    I used a single SSD X25-M 80GB first Generation
    reformatted it with NTFS

    Workstation:

    Intel E8400
    Gigabyte P35-DQ6
    Intel ICh-9 Raid-Controller activated
    8 GB DDR2 RAM
    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

    System Drive: 2 Intel SSD X25-M second Generation RAID0

    Server:

    2 * Intel Xeon E5420
    Intel Compute Module 5000
    MFS-Raid Controller
    16 GB FB-FIMM
    Windows Server 2008 Enterprise

    System Drive: 3 Seagate 10k drives 146GB RAID 5

    Benchmarks:

    with ATTO Disk Benchmark

    I run them with a Queue Depth of 1, 2, 4 and 8

    Workstation:

    http://notebooks.ccs.at/Workstation_Queue_1.png
    http://notebooks.ccs.at/Workstation_Queue_2.png
    http://notebooks.ccs.at/Workstation_Queue_4.png
    http://notebooks.ccs.at/Workstation_Queue_8.png

    Server over SAS-Expander:

    http://notebooks.ccs.at/ServerExp_Queue_1.png
    http://notebooks.ccs.at/ServerExp_Queue_2.png
    http://notebooks.ccs.at/ServerExp_Queue_3.png
    http://notebooks.ccs.at/ServerExp_Queue_4.png

    Server: (Configured as Single RAID0)

    http://notebooks.ccs.at/Server_Queue_1.png
    http://notebooks.ccs.at/Server_Queue_2.png
    http://notebooks.ccs.at/Server_Queue_3.png
    http://notebooks.ccs.at/Server_Queue_4.png


    as you see there is a significant difference when comparing these


    is it intended that a Raid-Controller which is > 1000$ is slower than a standard consumer onboard Raid-Controller?

     

     

     

    btw: Is there a way to reduce the fanspeeds instead to increase them if a power connection fails?

  • 8. Re: MFSYS25 / Modular Server - Super slow RAID-Subsystem
    kaschool Community Member
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    Hi Septic

     

    The difference that i can see is not too significant.  Also it is important to remember that a single server with direct attach disks has lower latencies than a SAN envrironment and will in many cases perform better.  however, this environment is not scalable, which is why people move to SAN.  Our system is optimized for multiple server deployments, not single server deployments.  There is a significant cost advantage also since you are virtualizing the hard drives and sharing both RAID controller resources and disk resources.  To fully consume the disks in a SAN environment, you must use a mutliple servers and you will see the performance of the disk subsystem scale.  Our storage subsystem can handle more than 1000MB/s of data transfer using SSD drives for both reads and writes, which is more than adequate for SMB deployments.

  • 9. Re: MFSYS25 / Modular Server - Super slow RAID-Subsystem
    kaschool Community Member
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    No there is no way to reduce fans speeds if a power supply fails.  In the event of a power supply failure, the system will spin up the fans to overcompensate for the extra cooling required (since there is fans in the power supplies themselves) and the system is also going into an error condition which itself must ramp up the fans to indicate a hardware failure.

  • 10. Re: MFSYS25 / Modular Server - Super slow RAID-Subsystem
    Septic Community Member
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    Hi

     

    Regarding Fan Speed: but why do they turn up if JUST the cable to the power supply fails? the power supply can still run it's fans (even if they could run slower because there is lower heat) and the other power supply which now has a higher load could turn up it's fans if necessary .. but if all fans turn up the power consumption increases by 200 Watts or more .. that's just contraproductive if you think of a UPS .. still thinking of a small server configuration!!

     

    Regarding Raid: I believe you that the system performs that fast with many disks .. but why has the performance to be poor with just 1 disk and 1 server?

     

    % Server is slower than Workstation
    Queue1234
    0,5-228%-165%-240%-180%-183%-93%-132%-91%
    1-234%-173%-256%-172%-219%-136%-118%-98%
    2-244%-160%-164%-136%67%-121%-116%-64%
    4-202%-287%-208%-125%-112%-123%-52%-77%
    8-106%-145%-121%-125%-53%-133%-32%-77%
    16-54%-100%-46%-69%-103%-73%-9%-53%
    32-33%-152%-18%5%-9%-61%-3%-45%
    64-28%-136%-11%-128%-23%-43%-8%-37%
    128-23%-128%-24%-116%-15%-22%-9%-29%
    256-24%-108%-23%-104%-18%-20%22%-41%
    512-28%-109%-29%-96%-19%-2%-3%-35%
    1024-28%-110%13%-112%31%-8%14%-8%
    2048-22%-60%-22%-52%-3%-10%29%-9%
    4096-22%-35%-26%-33%-5%-11%22%-8%
    8192-16%-23%-18%-26%-5%-10%16%-8%

     

    especially the performance with a queue depth of 1 and 2 is miserable (compared to the workstation) .. i can't believe that if i use more disks that performance increases, i only think that with enough disks you have enough resources so that you don't notice the slowliness

     

    thanks for reading this!

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