2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 27, 2017 9:11 AM by Intel Corporation

    Is it possible to use a P3608 in an Ubuntu 16.04 server?

    Stoic

      Is it possible to use a P3608 in an Ubuntu 16.04 server, and have it run as a single drive (in this case 1.6 TB) while taking advantage of its full IO capabilities?

       

      We are starting with a fresh hardware & software build, and while the other drives seem to be recognized fine, the P3608 gets split into two (2) 800MB nvme devices - which I know is possible, but does not take advantage of the P3608's real capabilities in this configuration.

       

      When I run "lsblk -di", I get the following (drive type column added for clarity):

       

       

      Drive TypeOS NAMEMAJ:MINRMSIZEROTYPE
      Intel S3610 1.6TBsdb8:1601.5T0disk
      Intel P3608 1.6TB (showing as single 800 MB Drive)vme1n1259:10745.2G0disk
      Supermicro SATADOM 32 GB Drivesdc8:32029.5G0disk
      HGST HE8 8TB Drivesda8:007.3G0disk
      Intel P3608 1.6TB (showing as single 800 MB Drive)nvme0n1259:00745.2G0disk

       

      If we were running Windows, I know there are several tools that would address this, but what about in Ubuntu? Is there support for other Linux distributions other than Red Hat/SUSE?

       

      I am running 4.8.0-22-generic version of the kernel.

       

      Also, server hardware configuration consists of the following:

       

      CPU: Intel E5-1650 V4

      Memory: DDR4 256 GB (32x8)

      Intel C612 chipset

      PCI-E 3.0 x16 & x8 slots

       

      Thanks

        • 1. Re: Is it possible to use a P3608 in an Ubuntu 16.04 server?
          Intel Corporation
          This message was posted on behalf of Intel Corporation

          Hello Stoic,

          The Intel® SSD DC P3608 Series features an unique dual storage controller configuration. Because of this, natively the drive will always be displayed as two separate NVMe* storage devices.

          For full performance we recommend setting up these two halves into a RAID 0 array. Officially we support this setup through the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise software, which is unfortunately not Linux* friendy. 

          Since you're using Ubuntu* Server, I can personally recommend the "mdadm" utility, although this is not supported though us.

          Relevant links:

          - Setting up RAID 0 using 'mdadm' - Linux* RAID Wiki
          - Intel SSD DC P3608 Series - Installation Guide (Page 13, section 3.3)
          - Intel® Linux* NVMe* Driver - Reference Guide for Developers

          NOTE: Any links provided for third party tools or sites are offered for your convenience and should not be viewed as an endorsement by Intel® of the content, products, or services offered there. We do not offer support for any third party tool mentioned here.

          We hope this information helps.

          Best regards,
          Carlos A.

          • 2. Re: Is it possible to use a P3608 in an Ubuntu 16.04 server?
            Intel Corporation
            This message was posted on behalf of Intel Corporation

            Hello Stoic,

            The Intel® SSD DC P3608 Series features an unique dual storage controller configuration. Because of this, natively the drive will always be displayed as two separate NVMe* storage devices.

            For full performance we recommend setting up these two halves into a RAID 0 array. Officially we support this setup through the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise software, which is unfortunately not Linux* friendy. 

            Since you're using Ubuntu* Server, I can personally recommend the "mdadm" utility, although this is not supported though us.

            Relevant links:

            - Setting up RAID 0 using 'mdadm' - Linux* RAID Wiki
            - Intel SSD DC P3608 Series - Installation Guide (Page 13, section 3.3)
            - Intel® Linux* NVMe* Driver - Reference Guide for Developers

            NOTE: Any links provided for third party tools or sites are offered for your convenience and should not be viewed as an endorsement by Intel® of the content, products, or services offered there. We do not offer support for any third party tool mentioned here.

            We hope this information helps.

            Best regards,
            Carlos A.