I have a computer built to acquire uncompressed 2048 x 2048 16 bit images at 100 frames per second in real time, writing to disk. A RAID0 of SSDs is thus the only option.

For the past month or so, this setup has worked great. Recently, however, the frame rate has been sporadic during data acquisition, indicating that the disk write performance has dropped. I believe this is most likely due to the fact that I have completely filled and emptied the disk array multiple times and the performance of the SSDs has degraded since my RAID controller doesn't pass TRIM commands to the drives.

Is there any way to restore the performance of the array?

Relevant information: RAID controller: LSI Megaraid 9271 SSDs: 4 x 512GB Crucial m4

  • Does it need to be that PCIe RAID Controller? Maybe you can use a 7-series mainboard with an integrated Intel RAID controller. The Intel RST driver does support TRIM for RAID since version 11.2. – nixda Aug 5 '13 at 20:31
  • Do you think the Intel RST will be fast enough to support my write throughput requirements? (over 1GB/s) – Nathaniel Aug 6 '13 at 0:14
  • This blog post seems to answer your questions. he is testing with a 7-series mainboard, 4 SSDs and an benchmark shows more than 1 GB transfer rate. Compare the results with your LSI RAID controller with ATTO. Let me know, if this helped you and if its worth an answer. – nixda Aug 6 '13 at 9:27
  • Thanks, but the LSI controller seems to be much faster. In the blog post, the writes maxed out at slightly less than 1 GB/s whereas with the LSI, ATTO reports writes of over 3 GB/s. I'd like to find a solution that keeps the current hardware. – Nathaniel Aug 6 '13 at 16:46
  • Ok, back to start: Are firmware and driver up to date? I see a program called "MegaRAID Storage Manager" on their site. Maybe this program offers a scheduled TRIM support like the old Intel SSD Toolbox does for Windows XP systems back in the days – nixda Aug 6 '13 at 16:59

Have you tried upgrading firmware of your SSD? http://www.crucial.com/support/firmware.aspx I would back up first tho, can't say how safe is upgrading with Raid option.

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.