Partition scheme ideas for 1TB workstation
We are installing RHEL 4 and would like suggestions for a (good!) partitioning scheme for the following system:
Dell Precision 470 n
2 x 500 GB HDD
16 GB RAM
Dual Intel Xeon processors
No hardware RAID card
(I couldn't post the link but a Google search for "Dell Precision 470 n" should lead you to the Dell website with more technical details etc.)
It will mostly be used for academic/engineering calculations so we want to maximise performance. We will be running various types of simulations which produce large amounts of output, but mostly as many small (say <10 MB) files. It will not run any other OS and there will probably only be about 5-10 users.
A few specific questions we need to figure out are:
1. Is it worthwhile to have a software RAID 0 (stripping)?
2. Is it worthwhile to use LVM? On the one hand we only have a small number of users, but on the other hand we have to manage a fairly large disk space.
3. We intend to have a separate partition for the install, a separate partition for swap, and a separate partition for /home. Should there also be separate partitions for /var, /usr, and /tmp ?
4. Should the partitions be spread over the two HDD's somehow in order to improve I/O performance? (Perhaps especially for the swap partition?)
5. What file system type should we use, ie ext2, ext3, or reiserfs?
I would be happy to hear any comments/suggestions/ideas etc!
Last edited by spacemanspiff; 06-02-2006 at 10:08 AM.