|SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3||=||190675 Ops/Sec (Overall Response Time = 1.17 msec)|
|Tested By||NetApp, Inc.|
|Hardware Available||Nov 2010|
|Software Available||Nov 2010|
|Date Tested||Sept 2010|
|SFS License Number||33|
The NetApp FAS6240 is high performing storage system that combines performance with scalability, and availability to satisfy the most demanding needs of today's applications and storage consolidation. The FAS6200 series is built on the NetApp industry-leading unified storage architecture for ease of management, increased efficiencies, and reduced storage costs. The FAS6200 series delivers extensive amounts of integrated, high-bandwidth connectivity; multiprotocol support; and range of capacities, performance, and density choices that empower customers to deliver optimized storage now and in the future. The FAS6240 storage system support end-to-end high-speed connectivity, including 10GbE and 8Gb FC to hosts and 6Gb SAS on the storage side.
|1||2||Storage Controller||NetApp||FAS6240||FAS6240 SW-6240-ONTAP8-C|
|2||4||SAS 4 port Host Adapter||NetApp||SAS Host Adapter X2065A-R6||4 port SAS Host adapter|
|3||288||Disk Drives w/Shelf||NetApp||DS4243-1511-24S-QS-R5||SAS 24x450GB,15K,HDD|
|4||2||Non-volatile Flash Cache Module||NetApp||Flash Cache module 512GB||Flash Cache Module 512GB|
|5||2||Software license||NetApp||SW-6240-NFS||NFS Software license SW-6240-NFS|
|OS Name and Version||Data ONTAP 8.0.1|
|Filesystem Software||Data ONTAP 8.0.1|
|vol options 'volume' no_atime_update||on||Disable atime updates (applied to all volumes)|
|Description||Number of Disks||Usable Size|
|450GB SAS 15K RPM Disk Drives||288||97.9 TB|
|Number of Filesystems||2|
|Total Exported Capacity||85.8 TB|
|Filesystem Creation Options||64-bit aggregate option was selected during creation of the aggregates that housed the SFS filesystems on each controller.|
|Filesystem Config||Each filesystem was striped across 136 disks|
|Fileset Size||22047.5 GB|
The storage configuration consisted of 12 shelves, each wth 24 disks. (4 stacks of 3 shelves) Each of the 4 stacks were attached to two SAS ports on each storage controller. Each storage controller was the primary owner of 144 disks, with 136 disks in those shelves placed into a single 64-bit aggregate. Each aggregate was composed of 8 RAID-DP groups, each RAID-DP group was composed of 15 data disks and 2 parity disks. Within each aggregate, a flexible volume (utilizing Data ONTAP FlexVol (TM) technology) was created to hold the SFS filesystem for that controller. Each volume was striped across all disks in the aggregate where it resided. Each controller was the owner of a single volume, but the disks in each aggregate were dual-attached so that, in the event of a fault, they could be managed by the other controller via an alternate loop. A separate flexible volume residing in a three-disk root aggregate on each controller was created to hold the Data ONTAP operating system and system files. The remaining disks owned by each controller were reserved for spares.
|Item No||Network Type||Number of Ports Used||Notes|
|1||Jumbo Frame 10 Gigabit Ethernet||8||Quad port 10 gigabit ethernet (built-in)|
There were four ports from the quad-port 10 gigabit ethernet network adapter configured on each storage controller. The active interfaces were configured to use jumbo frames (MTU size of 9000 bytes). All network interfaces were connected to a Cisco 5020 switch, which provided connectivity to the clients.
An MTU size of 9000 was set for all connections to the switch. Each load generator was connected to the network via a single 10 GigE port.
|Item No||Qty||Type||Description||Processing Function|
|1||4||CPU||2.53GHz Intel Xeon(tm) Processor E5540||Networking, NFS protocol, WAFL filesystem, RAID/Storage drivers|
Each storage controller has two physical processors, each with four cores.
|Description||Size in GB||Number of Instances||Total GB||Nonvolatile|
|Storage controller mainboard memory)||48||2||96||V|
|Non-volatile memory on NVRAM PCIe adapter||4||2||8||NV|
|Non-volatile memory on Flash Cache module||512||2||1024||NV|
|Grand Total Memory Gigabytes||1128|
Each storage controller has main memory that is used for the operating system and for caching filesystem data. A separate, battery-backed RAM module on a separate PCIe adapter is used to provide stable storage for writes that have not yet been written to disk.
The WAFL filesystem logs writes and other filesystem modifying transactions to the NVRAM adapter. In an active-active configuration, as in the system under test, such transacations are also logged to the NVRAM on the partner storage controller so that, in the event of a storage controller failure, any transactions on the failed controller can be completed by the partner controller. Filesystem modifying CIFS/NFS operations are not acknowledged until after the storage system has confirmed that the related data are stored in NVRAM adapters of both storage controllers (when both controllers are active). The battery-backed NVRAM ensures that any uncommitted transactions are preserved for at least 72 hours.
The system under test consisted of two FAS6240 storage controllers and 12 storage shelves, each with 24 450GB SAS disk drives. The two controllers were executing Data ONTAP 8.0.1 software operating in 7G mode. They were configured in an active-active cluster failover configuration, using the high-availability cluster software option in conjunction with an InfiniBand cluster interconnect provided on the NVRAM adapter. The storage shelves were connected to SAS ports on two of the 8 SAS adapter ports in each controller. The system under test was connected to a 10 gigabit ethernet switch via 8 built-in network ports.
All standard data protection features, including background RAID and media error scrubbing, software validated RAID checksumming, and double disk failure protection via double parity RAID (RAID-DP) were enabled during the test.
|1||12||IBM||IBM 3650M2||IBM 3650M2 with 16GB RAM and Linux operating system|
|2||1||Cisco||5020||Cisco Catalyst 5020 Ethernet Switch|
|LG Type Name||LG1|
|BOM Item #||1|
|Processor Name||Intel Xeon X5570|
|Processor Speed||2.93 GHz|
|Number of Processors (chips)||2|
|Number of Cores/Chip||4|
|Memory Size||16 GB|
|Operating System||RHEL5.3 Kernel 2.6.18-128.el5|
|Network Type||10 Gigabit Ethernet|
|Network Attached Storage Type||NFS V3|
|Number of Load Generators||12|
|Number of Processes per LG||56|
|Biod Max Read Setting||8|
|Biod Max Write Setting||8|
|LG No||LG Type||Network||Target Filesystems||Notes|
All filesystems were mounted on all clients, which were connected to the same physical and logical network.
Each load-generating client hosted 56 processes. The assignment of processes to filesystems and network interfaces was done such that they were evenly divided across all filesystems and network paths to the storage controllers. The filesystem data was striped evenly across all disks and SAS adapters and on to the storage backend.
Other test notes: None.
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