[Bioclusters] Re: file server for cluster

Goran Ceric bioclusters@bioinformatics.org
Tue, 23 Apr 2002 13:24:22 -0700

No hard drive can achieve sustained transfer rate of 160 MB/s. 160 MB/s is a
maximum bus speed. You can get ~60 MB/s with 10k U3 SCSI drives.

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[mailto:bioclusters-admin@bioinformatics.org]On Behalf Of Ivo Grosse
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2002 10:53 AM
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Subject: Re: [Bioclusters] Re: file server for cluster

Joe Landman <joe.landman@mscsoftware.com> wrote on Tue, 23 Apr 2002:

> Notation:
>   Mb/s = Mega bit per second.
>   MB/s = Mega byte per second (note the capitalized "b")
>   1 bit = 0.125 byte, so 1 Mb/s -> 0.125 MB/s
>   I would guess that most of what you quoted are MB/s, not Mb/s.
>   from
> http://www.dell.com/us/en/esg/topics/segtopic_storage_scsi_main.htm you
> see the 160 MB/s throughput.  This corresponds to 1280 Mb/s.
>   The conversion is not completely accurate as there are protocol and
> error detection/correction overheads.  I typically use a back of the
> envelope of a factor of 10 conversion.

Yes, and the web page I quoted uses Mb/s consistently.  Do you think
it's a typo?

> It is going to be bandwidth limited by the number of PCI busses, the
> arrangement of IO, etc.  The specs say 3 PCI slots, but if they are on a
> single PCI bus, you will be able to swamp the PCI with either 1 Ultra160
> (for PCI-33), or 1 Ultra160+1 GigE card, or 2 Ultra160s.

Could you explain that (to a dummy)?

66 MHz x 64 bit = 4 Gb/s.

Note the "small" b.  :-)

Of course 4 Gb/s is purely theoretical.  What is the overhead?  20%?

Even if it were 50%, that would leave 2 Gb/s?  How can that be
saturated with 2 Ultra160s?  What is the w/r flux of one Ultra160?



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