Need guidance to get FusionIO SX300-6400 running on OpenSUSE

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  1. alex_stief

    alex_stief Active Member

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    I bought one of these: https://forums.servethehome.com/index.php?threads/uk-cheap-fusion-io-£150-3-2tb-and-£400-6-4tb-pci-e-ssds.25348/page-4
    Specifically the 6.4TB version, which in Windows reports as SX300-6400 model.

    Currently running OpenSUSE 15.0 with a 4.12.14 kernel version.
    What are the steps necessary to get the OS to recognize the drive? Which packages to download, how to compile/install them? Please be patient, so far I pretty much avoided getting any hardware that had no drivers in the official repositories. Linux user here, not a dev ;) Before breaking stuff I thought I should rather ask.

    Edit1: I went ahead and used this source
    snuf/iomemory-vsl
    Compiled like a charm after installing some missing packages, but now I have 3 rpm files created and am not quite sure which one to use
    iomemory-vsl-4.12.14-lp150.12.70-default-3.2.15.1700-1.0.x86_64.rpm
    iomemory-vsl-source-3.2.15.1700-1.0.x86_64.rpm
    iomemory-vsl-config-4.12.14-lp150.12.70-default-3.2.15.1700-1.0.x86_64.rpm
     
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    hmmm...
    I deducted that I need all 3 packages and installed them, along with the additional utilities.
    The result after a reboot: a login loop
    I get to the graphical login screen, enter my password, the screen goes black for a few seconds and I am back to the login screen.

    Edit:
    Fresh install of Leap 15.1, for now without Nvidia drivers
    I got through the process of re-compiling and installing the 3 modules and the fio utilities. Then I followed the next steps here snuf/iomemory-vsl, namely
    Code:
    sudo cp -r iomemory-vsl/root/usr/src/iomemory-vsl-3.2.15 /usr/src/
    sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/dkms/iomemory-vsl/3.2.15/build
    sudo ln -s /usr/src/iomemory-vsl-3.2.15 /var/lib/dkms/iomemory-vsl/3.2.15/source
    sudo dkms build -m iomemory-vsl -v 3.2.15
    sudo dkms install -m iomemory-vsl -v 3.2.15
    sudo modprobe iomemory-vsl
    All of this apparently went without a hitch, at least I did not get an obvious error message.
    But still, when I check the status I get no device found
    Code:
    # fio-status
    No ioMemory devices found for installed driver. Check if there are ioMemory devices
    and the correct ioMemory driver package for those devices has been installed.
     
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    Nope.
    The current state of my clueless stumbling is documented here: LEAP 15.1 Fusion-IO SSD driver install
    It appears as if my specific model is not supported by the driver.

    Still not sure if I should dig deeper or just sell the damn thing.
     
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    You should try with the drivers from SanDisk the newest is version 4.3.6
     
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    Yes, I should definitely try that.
    But then again, there won't be any new drivers, and the old drivers don't seem to work with newer Linux kernels. So as soon as I do an upgrade, the SSD becomes unusable.
     
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    I got 4.3.5 to work fine with my Cisco branded card. but can't get the 4.3.6 version working
     
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    Sorry, just catching up on PMs and saw your link to your thread.

    Got everything squared away yet?
     
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    You can certainly find faster nvme stuff, but nothing with the wear life of an ioDrive. I doubt we'll ever see that kind of wear life ever again :(
     
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    Is wear life more than just TBW rating? Because I can see quite a few newer SSDs with similar or higher TBW than the 22PB of my drive. I probably don't need the highest endurance anyway.
     
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    For the ioDrives, the PBW is only the warrantied wear life... the actual wear life is much higher.
     
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    Isn't that the case for more or less all SSDs?
    Manufacturers have to replace every SSD that fails below TBW within the warranty period. If I had to make the calculations, I would make sure to set the TBW to a value low enough, so most SSDs will run much longer than the guaranteed write endurance.
    My theory is backed up by tests (Achtung: german :p): SSD-Langzeittest beendet: Exitus bei 9,1 Petabyte
    Even the cheap SSDs made it beyond their advertised TBW, the last one (Samsung 850 Pro) failed at 9.1PB.
     
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    Also, what SSDs are you looking at that have wear life in the 20s to 30 petabytes? I haven't seen any recently... all have been in TBW...
     
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    Aah, so there are finally some enterprise SSDs with some decent wear life then. I should hope with 5+ years more R&D and an entirely new nand process (3D), they might finally be able to do something decent with it.

    Still, if you compare the wear life TB to TB, FIO still has at least a 2x wear life advantage.

    And it's still cheaper to buy used FIO stuff than it is some of that newer enterprise nvme/pci-e product.
     
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