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Re: [opensuse-ha] ext4 failure on cluster
On Fri, 2014-08-15 at 08:05 -0400, Ron Kerry wrote:
On 8/15/14, 8:03 AM, Lars Marowsky-Bree wrote:
On 2014-08-15T07:57:31, Ron Kerry <rkerry@xxxxxxx> wrote:

True enough, but the performance of an active-active HA configuration with
two or more nodes serving NFS or CIFS can be well in excess of what a
server is capable of doing. This all depends on the underlying disk
hardware. Many time that hardware may be capable of far more bandwidth than
a single server can drive by itself. In this active-active clustered
environment the performance achievable by any single node will be less than
what it can do on its own, but the combined performance of many nodes to
same shared-clustered disk will be able to reach the bandwidth capability
the underlying disk hardware.

... but in this case, the shared storage is provided by drbd, so the
*write* performance of the combined setup is limited to the slowest of
the two disks, and the network interconnect, and also reduced by the
locking needed by OCFS2.

Read-performance could theoretically benefit, yes.

There's however also the higher complexity of an active/active
environment, and the tighter coupling of the nodes which reduces their
ability to cope with faults.

Personally, I'd probably avoid this setup, unless there was a really
substantial reason for it.

I missed that the underlying storage was DRBD. I agree totally, there is
little benefit to this sort
of configuration - performance or availability except for certain particular
sorts of workloads and
failure scenarios.

We are amazed that obviously knowledgeable engineers are questioning the
availability advantages of a 2 node cluster that keeps us all working
over a single file server which doesn't if it fails! But OK, we'll scrap
this idea.

We have a mix of 80 linux and xp computers, some of which are over 10
years old. Our file servers are second hand computers which a bank were
throwing out. We want to keep working. We have €150 and 2 old AMD
computers. What do you recommend?
L x


Ron Kerry rkerry@xxxxxxx
Global Product Support - SGI Federal

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