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RE: stripe size

From: Matthew Zito <>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 08:59:25 -0800
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Depends on the storage being used and the number of spindles. I definitely wouldn't go any smaller than 8k, but 8k is probably fine on a JBOD array, especially if you're matching your filesystem block size to your oracle block size to your stripe size. You might want to look at changing it to 16k if you're using high-speed disks and let the disk firmware's read-ahead and large cache give you a bit of a boost. You're probably not talking about a huge jump, though - only if you're really saturating your disks will you notice a difference.  

As I've said in the past, the rules change completely when you're using a "smart" array like a Hitachi lightning or an EMC symmetrix, or even a smaller one like a Clariion or HP EVA. For those, engage your vendor's performance engineers or hire someone like me to come in and tune your storage, or just invest a lot of time in learning how your array works and experiment.  

You should look at using VxFS as well - you can eliminate double-buffering and get asynch kernel i/o, which alone could provide much better throughput. Depending on your Solaris version, as well, you could be creating unnecessary memory pressure by using UFS.  



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-----Original Message-----

Roger Xu
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2003 12:35 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L

We are running Solaris with Veritas Volume Manager (not vxfs, but ufs) 8k block size. For better performance, how big the stripe size should be? 8k?

-----Original Message-----

Sent: Monday, August 18, 2003 11:19 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L  

As long as you're using software RAID and not hardware, you can use vxprint to give you that information. I believe a functional syntax that includes the stripe size is vxprint -hrt -g (diskgroup) . If you're using hardware RAID, you're going to need whatever array management tools your vendor cheerfully provided you.  

Hope this helps,

Is there any command on hp-ux which can tell me on what disks particular file is striped on and stripe size .  

Hp-ux ( 11 )    


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