anoopcr
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Difference between Striped and Concatenated Thin Meta

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Hi All,

Good morning.

I have question here related to thin meta devices.As per my understanding ,write to the thin devices will striped across the data device.So what is the basic difference between Striped and concatenated thin meta devices ?

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Quincy561
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Yes, both are striped across the backend.

However when performing random IO to a striped meta volume, you are very likely to have more than one volume with active IO, and with a concat meta only one volume is likely to be active.  The difference in performance comes from the volume being able to do IO to and from cache, and has nothing to do with the backend at all.

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Quincy561
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Re: Difference between Striped and Concatenated Thin Meta

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Yes, both are striped across the backend.

However when performing random IO to a striped meta volume, you are very likely to have more than one volume with active IO, and with a concat meta only one volume is likely to be active.  The difference in performance comes from the volume being able to do IO to and from cache, and has nothing to do with the backend at all.

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dynamox
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Re: Difference between Striped and Concatenated Thin Meta

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i get this question from time to time as well, do you have a pictorial representation of how one works vs the other ?

Thanks

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Quincy561
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Re: Difference between Striped and Concatenated Thin Meta

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For example, say you have a 2TB volume with 4 members of 240GB each.

If it is concat, the LBA ranges will be sequential, meaning if IO is occurring in the first 240GB of space, they will all land on the same volume.

If striped, every 960k the volume will switch, making it much more likely to have multiple volumes active.

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Quincy561
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Re: Difference between Striped and Concatenated Thin Meta

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Again, this really has nothing to do with the backend at all.  We are not recommending striped metas on VP because of the backend like thick volumes.

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anoopcr
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Re: Difference between Striped and Concatenated Thin Meta

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Thanks Quincy.

So considering the performance factor, Striped thin meta will give more performance than  concatenated one. Because each metamember gets a small percentage of cache and striped meta is likely to offer more writeable cache to the metavolume

Is that correct ?

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Quincy561
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It really has nothing to do with the amount of cache, one volume can have 100% of cache in use for reads.

Yes, each volume has a WP limit, but in VMAX that is already quite large, 5% of total writable cache.

It has to do with the concurrency a single volume has.  More volumes, more concurrency.