Re: stochastic fair queueing in the elevator [Re: [BENCHMARK] 2.4.20-ck3 / aa / rmap with contest]

From: Rod Van Meter (
Date: Tue Feb 11 2003 - 14:13:21 EST

On Mon, 2003-02-10 at 05:30, ext Rik van Riel wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Feb 2003, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > Could be that sending out a request which is larger than a track is
> > saving a rev of the disk for some reason.
> I guess disks are optimised for the benchmarks that are
> run by popular PC magazines ...

Yes, absolutely they are (I used to work for one such company that no
longer exists). However, there's a catch -- the disk drive companies
are optimizing for the test as currently constituted, but the test keeps
changing. So they're optimizing for version N-1 while the magazine is
publishing N. Can't help it. Ever heard of the Nyquist frequency?

> After all, those benchmarks and the sales price are the
> main factors determining sales ;)

Yup. In general, it's capacity first, then reliability, then
performance. No, wait, not quite; the FIRST criterion is the ability to
ship when you say you will. If you make Dell late on shipping a bunch
of machines, you WILL feel the pain.


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