LSI SAS2008 Performance - GA-7PESH2 - RAID10

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  1. Mark Linton

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    So I've built a new server with the GA-7PESH2 as the basis for the system thinking that the onboard LSI SAS2008 controller would be good enough for my needs and I'm a little underwealmed by the current performance.

    Hardware - GA-7PESH2 MB, LSI SAS2008 controller, one of the breakout cables is connected to 4 seagate 8TB IronWolf ST8000VN0022 drives
    The drives are configured in a RAID10, thinking this would maximize performance and minimize disk failure issues.
    Running vSphere 6.7 - latest patches installed to a separate SSD
    Debian Linux OS running in a VM with a 7TB disk

    Ran HDparm and DD to try to get some disk write stats on the drive:

    root@CorePlex:/tmp# dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/media/test1.img bs=1G count=1 oflag=dsync
    1+0 records in
    1+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 7.27152 s, 148 MB/s
    root@CorePlex:/tmp# dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/media/test1.img bs=1G count=1 oflag=dsync
    1+0 records in
    1+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 7.6482 s, 140 MB/s
    root@CorePlex:/tmp# dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/media/test1.img bs=1G count=1 oflag=dsync
    1+0 records in
    1+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 7.35856 s, 146 MB/s
    root@CorePlex:/tmp#
    So 140 MB/s is not bad and seems about average for a single drive, and because the usecase for this drive is read-speed focused (media storage) I was hoping the read speeds were a little better than the following:

    root@CorePlex:/tmp# hdparm -tT /dev/sdb​

    /dev/sdb:
    Timing cached reads: 9554 MB in 1.99 seconds = 4793.94 MB/sec
    Timing buffered disk reads: 374 MB in 3.04 seconds = 122.88 MB/sec
    root@CorePlex:/tmp# hdparm -tT /dev/sdb

    /dev/sdb:
    Timing cached reads: 8738 MB in 1.99 seconds = 4383.27 MB/sec
    Timing buffered disk reads: 724 MB in 3.97 seconds = 182.39 MB/sec
    root@CorePlex:/tmp# hdparm -tT /dev/sdb

    /dev/sdb:
    Timing cached reads: 8328 MB in 1.99 seconds = 4177.65 MB/sec
    Timing buffered disk reads: 358 MB in 3.04 seconds = 117.73 MB/sec
    This seems mediocre at best - I would expect that the drives would increase the speed when reading files across each of the striped pairs no? What might the issue be? The controller? the drives? VM?

    Thanks.
     
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