What are the recommended system requirements for ClustrixDB?

Joe Steffee -

Here are the recommended system specs to run ClustrixDB.

  • Minimum of 3 servers required for a ClustrixDB cluster
  • Operating System:  RHEL or CentOS 6.x

We recommend either 8-core or 16-core servers. If using 16-core servers, the remaining specs below stay the same.

General ClustrixDB Server Recommendations:
  • CPUs:
    • 2x 8-core CPUs 2.0GHz or higher (the higher the better)
  • RAM:
    • 64GB or more (typically not more than 256GB)
  • Disks:
    • 4x SATA SSD 400GB or more
    • 2x SATA HDD 1TB or higher
  • Hardware RAID:
    • 4x SSDs as RAID-0
    • 2x HDDs as RAID-1
  • Network:
    • 1x 1 Gigabit interfaces
    • 1x 10GbE interfaces

Private Network:

  • 1x 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch with enough ports to connect each ClustrixDB server

High Availability Server Recommendations:

Same as above, with following upgrades:

  • Network:
    • 2x 1 Gigabit interfaces
    • 2x 10GbE interfaces
  • Power Supply Unit:
    • 2x power supply units (redundant)

Private Network:

  • 2x 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch with enough ports to connect each ClustrixDB server

Other Recommendations:

Hyperthreading:  Most DB workloads do not benefit from Hyperthreading, therefore Clustrix, Inc recommends as general guidance disabling Hyperthreading in the ClustrixDB server’s BIOS settings.
SSD Quality:  Unfortunately, solid state drives (SSDs) are available in various levels of quality.  Clustrix, Inc recommends using SSDs that have the following characteristics:
  • Enterprise-class SSDs (not consumer-class available from Amazon.com)
  • Contains a “Power Loss Protection” feature
  • Recommend using SSDs manufactured by Intel (every Intel SSD we’ve seen has Power Loss Protection)

Amazon AWS: When running in AWS we strongly recommend using enhanced networking as it has shown a measurable performance impact.

Example ClustrixDB Server Configuration (Dell)
Dell PowerEdge R630 Server, No TPM
  • Chassis with up to 8, 2.5" Hard Drives, up to 2 PCIe Slots (With Optional Riser)
  • CPUs
    • Intel® Xeon® E5-2640 v3 2.6GHz,20M Cache,8.00GT/s QPI,Turbo,HT,8C/16T (90W) Max Mem 1866MHz
    • Upgrade to Two Intel® Xeon® E5-2640 v3 2.6GHz,20M Cache,8.00GT/s QPI,Turbo,HT,8C/16T (90W)
  • Memory
    • 4x 16GB RDIMM, 2133MT/s, Dual Rank, x4 Data Width
  • RAID Controller
    • PERC H330 RAID Controller
  • Disks
    • 4x 400GB Solid State Drive SATA Mix Use MLC 6Gpbs 2.5in Hot-plug Drive, S3610
    • 2x 1TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6Gbps 2.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive
  • Network
    • Broadcom 5720 QP 1Gb Network Daughter Card
    • QLogic 57810 Dual Port 10Gb Base-T Network Adapter
  • Other Notes:
    • No Operating System
    • Unconfigured RAID for H330/H730/H730P (1-24 HDDs or SSDs) 

You can read more on initial setup of ClustrixDB in our Getting Started Guide.



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