[lustre-discuss] Advice: Upgrading / Replacing servers
p.harvey-smith at warwick.ac.uk
Tue Aug 30 02:58:24 PDT 2016
We will shortly be replacing the hardware that our Lustre servers run on
as they are both over 5 years old and are due for retirement.
Our current setup is this :
Note that since this was largely setup before I joined and since it's in
service at the moment I can't really take the machines down to confirm
the raid configurations :(
Our OSS is a Dell server with 4 x 750GB drives internally as sda and 2
banks of 6 x 2TB drives externally as sdb and sdc.
The internal drives are either raid 0+1 or raid 1+0 giving a total of 1.5TB.
The external drives are setup as two banks of 6 drives raided to give
The Lustre specific parts are :
/dev/sda7 279G 66G 199G 25% /lustre/home/OST0000
/dev/sda11 765G 235G 492G 33% /lustre/scratch/OST0000
/dev/sdc 7.3T 2.4T 4.6T 34% /lustre/storage/OST0001
/dev/sdb 7.3T 2.6T 4.4T 37% /lustre/storage/OST0000
Our MDS / MDT are on the same server again a Dell server with 6 drives
internally, setup as :
2x500GB mirrored, for a total of 500GB
4x600GB again either raid 0+1 or raid 1+0 for a total of 1.2TB, this is
managed by lvm.
Details are :
/dev/sda6 46G 453M 44G 2% /lustre/mgs
75G 843M 70G 2% /lustre/home-mdt
300G 1001M 279G 1% /lustre/scratch-mdt
300G 4.0G 276G 2% /lustre/storage-mdt
The MDS/MDT is also a client though I am not sure why.
The servers are both running Lustre servers versions 2.1, using a Redhat
kernel on top of an Ubuntu 10.04 base (don't ask!, this was again setup
by a previous admin)
Our plans are to completely overhaul this, the replacement hardware will
have close to the same disk configuration as the Lustre filesystems are
currently only at about 35% utilization so we don't need a capacity
One thing I *WILL* be doing is migrating the servers to the latest
CentOS & Lustre version 2.8 as this is a supported server platform.
One thing I am wondering about is what would be the best underlying
filesystem to use ? I see that Lustre now supports ZFS, I obviously need
to make this decision now as reading around the subject it seems that
ZFS works best where the disks are non raided and ZFS handles the
striping / mirroring etc.
What do people think?
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