From: Tim Mooney <mooney AT DOGBERT.CC.NDSU.NODAK DOT EDU>
Reply-To: Legato NetWorker discussion <NETWORKER AT LISTSERV.TEMPLE DOT EDU>,
Tim Mooney <mooney AT DOGBERT.CC.NDSU.NODAK DOT EDU>
To: NETWORKER AT LISTSERV.TEMPLE DOT EDU
Subject: Re: [Networker] Sizing a Linux x86 server for Networker
Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2006 18:40:08 -0500
In regard to: [Networker] Sizing a Linux x86 server for Networker,
The actual server performs poorly mainly because of the slow performance
de SBUS architecture and CPUs.
We will add 4 LTO3 drives (FChannel 4Gb) to 2 StorageTek L700 libraries.
server will have 2 Gbit Nics with trunking to maximize throughput for LAN
This probably sounds like a silly question, but are you planning on
utilizing all four LTO3 drives at once?
Does anyone know if Networker uses threads under Linux? If so, it would be
beneficial to have multicore CPU's?
It's beneficial to have (true) multicore CPUs for other reasons, but
before the Linux 2.6 kernel, thread support was fairly rudimentary. I
would question whether it would make much difference (to the OS or
NetWorker) whether you had 2N real processors or N dual-core processors.
Frankly, I would be more worried about I/O constraints than I would about
CPU. You're going to want to have as many separate, high-speed busses as
possible. Getting a PC architecture system (either AMD or Intel CPUs)
with multiple distinct busses is sometimes fairly challenging.
I would look for a system that has multiple PCI-X 2.0 busses and also
hopefully PCI Express (PCI-E), as several I/O cards (like FC HBAs from
QLogic) are now available for PCI-E.
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