jh at brainiac.com
Thu May 10 15:50:57 CEST 2018
On Thu, 10 May 2018 09:12:44 -0400
Peter Lutek <peter at peterlutek.com> wrote:
> greetings, all!
> wondering if anyone has experience using a ZFS raidZ2 disk pool for
> audio. i'm talking about a LOCAL pool, running on ZOL
> (http://zfsonlinux.org/) -- NOT a LAN-connected dedicated server.
Hi, Peter. I have not used a ZFS pool for audio work, but I used to
work in the ZFS group at Oracle. RAIDZ2 optimizes your available space
at the price of performance. If I was going to record multiple tracks in
a DAW to a ZFS pool, I'd be using a mirrored pool.
The ZFS RAID levels are designed to spread the load around, and bog down
with a small number of drives. Given that this is a local pool we're talking
about, we're likely talking about 4 or 5 drives in the pool at best. You
might be OK given that the pool is dedicated to the machine, but I'd test it
thoroughly. I'd avoid RAIDZ1 - there's insufficient redundancy and has led to occasional data loss.
Depending on the devices, you might be OK - a pool of SSDs will be better
than a pool of spinning drives, for example. If you only ever record a max
of 2 tracks at a time, you'll also likely be fine.
This is based on my experiences with big loads on a ZFS storage appliance;
you may have a very different experience with the local pool under Linux.
Joe Hartley - UNIX/network Consultant - jh at brainiac.com
Without deviation from the norm, "progress" is not possible. - FZappa
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