On Wed, 2006-07-19 at 00:14 +0100, Peter Grandi wrote:
> >>> On Tue, 18 Jul 2006 18:36:06 -0400, Ming Zhang
> >>> <mingz@xxxxxxxxxxx> said:
> mingz> [ .. ] example on what is an improper use?
> Well, this mailing list is full of them :-). However it is
> easier to say what is an optimal use:
> * A 64 bit system.
> * With a large, parallel storage system.
when u say large parallel storage system, you mean independent spindles
right? but most people will have all disks configured in one RAID5/6 and
thus it is not parallel any more.
> * The block IO system handles all storage errors.
so current MD/LVM/SATA/SCSI layers are not good enough?
> * With backups of the contents of the storage system.
> In other words, an Altix in an enterprise computing room... :-)
just kidding, are you a SGI sales? ;)
> Something like 64 bit systems running a UNIX-like OS, one system
> production and one for backup, each with some TiB of RAID10
> storage, both with UPSes giving a significant amount of uptime,
> and extensive hot swapping abilities. If you got that, XFS can
> give really good performance quite safely.
> My impression is that the design of XFS was based on a focus on
> performance, at the file system level, via on-disk layout,
> massive ''transactions'', and parallel IO requests, assuming
> that the block IO subsystem handles every storage error issue
> both transparently and gracefully.
> It is _possible_, and may even be appropriate after carefully
> thinking it through, to use XFS in a 32 bit system without UPS,
> and with no storage system redundancy, and with device errors
> not handled by the block IO system, and with little parallelism
> in the storage subsystem; e.g. a SOHO desktop or server.
i think with write barrier support, system without UPS should be ok.
considering even u have UPS, kernel oops in other parts still can take
the FS down.
> But then I have seen people building RAIDs stuffing in a couple
> dozen drives from the same shipping box, so improper use of XFS
> is definitely a second order issue at that kind of level :-).