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Testbed and Methods

Our testbed was configured as follows:

  • Intel SC5200 system case
  • Intel SE7520BD2 mainboard
  • Two Intel Xeon 2.8 processors (533MHz FSB)
  • 2 x 512MB PC2100 ECC Registered DDR SDRAM
  • IBM DTLA 307015 hard disk drive
  • Onboard ATI Rage XL graphics controller
  • Windows 2000 Pro SP4

We tested the controller in FC-Test 1.0 build 13 and Intel IOMeter 2003.02.15. We used FileServer and WebServer patterns in our Intel IOMeter tests.

These patterns are intended for measuring the performance of the disk subsystem under workload typical of file- and web- servers.

We also use the WorkStation pattern, created by Sergey Romanov (a.k.a. GReY). It is based on the statistical data about the disk subsystem workload as given in the StorageReview Testbed 3 description . The statistical data for the NTFS5 file system are gathered in three operational modes: Office, Hi-End and Boot-up.

This pattern shows how well the controller performs in a typical Windows environment.

Lastly, we checked out the controller’s ability to process sequential read/write requests of variable size and its performance in the DataBase pattern, which loads the disk subsystem with SQL-like requests.

For FC-Test we used our five standard file-sets (Install, ISO, MP3, Programs and Windows) which we wrote to the array, read from it and then copied.

Our controller was tested with the firmware version 1.01 and the drivers from the same set. It was installed into PCI-E x4 slot.

WD740GD (Raptor) hard disk drives were installed into the ASATAHSDB (SATA 4-Hot Swap Drive Bay Upgrade) basket.

 
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