Comparison: Linux Disk Scheduler

Posted on in Categories Hardware, Links, Linux, News last updated August 9, 2008

I’ve already written about changing the I/O scheduler for hard disk under Linux and avoiding sudden outburst of disk I/O using ionice utility. Google has sponsored [email protected] to take a close look at the disk schedulers in Linux, particularly when combined with RAID. They have now published their findings.

Comparison: Linux and UNIX ~ ZFS vs XFS vs EXT4 filesystem

Posted on in Categories File system, Linux, Sys admin, Tips, UNIX last updated August 30, 2007

This is an interesting filesystem comparison. If you are looking to build cheap storage for personal use file system decision is quite important:

This is my attempt to cut through the hype and uncertainty to find a storage subsystem that works. I compared XFS and EXT4 under Linux with ZFS under OpenSolaris. Aside from the different kernels and filesystems, I tested internal and external journal devices and software and hardware RAIDs. Software RAIDs are “raid-10 near2” with 6 disks on Linux. On Solaris the zpool is created with three mirrors of two disks each. Hardware RAIDs use the Areca’s RAID-10 for both Linux and Solaris. Drive caches are disabled throughout, but the battery-backed cache on the controller is enabled when using hardware RAID.

=> ZFS, XFS, and EXT4 filesystems compared

Linux USB Pen / Stick RAID

Posted on in Categories Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, Linux Embedded devices last updated July 14, 2007

Tux does all sort of things including setting up a RAID on USB sticks 🙂

From the article:

This is an example of productive and practical use of a RAID. Granted, this project does not have the archaic grandeur of a Floppy Disk RAID, but then again, the capacity and performance of this system are utterly superior to those of a Floppy Disk RAID. The following is meant as an instruction sheet of how to build a rock-hard USB stick RAID system and simultaneously transform from an ordinary nerd to a SUPER LINUX GURU.