[Beowulf] Supermicro H8SSL-R10 versus H8SSL-i motherboards,, Broadcom SATA chips

Bruce Allen ballen at gravity.phys.uwm.edu
Wed Jan 25 17:29:33 PST 2006

On Wed, 11 Jan 2006, Maurice Hilarius wrote:

>> http://www.supermicro.com/Aplus/motherboard/Opteron/HT1000/H8SSL-R10.cfm
>> Has anyone on the list seen or used a Supermicro H8SSL-R10 motherboard?

> We too are waiting for SMicro to release the Serverworks boards with 
> **functioning** RAID on them. For example we are using their 1020P-T 
> server, but for now have to use a 3rd party card, such as the 3Ware 9550 
> to get this working.
> As I understand it the problem is something in the SWorks/Broadcom chip.

OK.  Thanks for confirming this problem.

> As far as "RAID" goes, from what I understand the SWorks is still a 
> "FRAID" device, so I think your idea about using mdadm or similar 
> software RAID makes good sense for a RAID1 scenario. About the only 
> drawback that counts (to some) would be the lack of disk hot-swap 
> capability.

Do you know if the dmraid tools 
http://people.redhat.com/~heinzm/sw/dmraid/ can be used with the H8SSL-i 
or if this only work with the R10 style RAID?


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