On Friday, 11 July 2003 at 22:21:19 -0700, Mike Maltese wrote:
>> Depends on what you mean.  Vinum isn't a hardware device driver, so it
>> doesn't need to understand hot swapping.  If you hot swap a drive,
>> Vinum handles the resulting events correctly.
>
> So if I have a drive fail, say in a RAID 5 configuration, I don't have to
> detach it at all? Just swap them out and vinum will automatically begin
> rebuilding the array?

Well, not quite.  See
http://www.vinumvm.org/vinum/replacing-drive.html for the real story.

> Also, what would you say the minimum processor requirement would be?
> I know RAID 5 is quite taxing compared to mirroring or plain
> striping.

I developed Vinum on a 66 MHz i486.  I didn't notice any significant
processor load.  Remember that modern CPUs are an order of magnitude
faster than most RAID controllers.

The real performance penalty for RAID-5 is simply that writes require
so much I/O.  Expect 25% of the write performance of RAID-0.

Greg
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