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JBerr3
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Is it possible to use a P3608 in an Ubuntu 16.04 server?

Is it possible to use a P3608 in an Ubuntu 16.04 server, and have it run as a single drive (in this case 1.6 TB) while taking advantage of its full IO capabilities?

We are starting with a fresh hardware & software build, and while the other drives seem to be recognized fine, the P3608 gets split into two (2) 800MB nvme devices - which I know is possible, but does not take advantage of the P3608's real capabilities in this configuration.

When I run "lsblk -di", I get the following (drive type column added for clarity):

Drive TypeOS NAMEMAJ:MINRMSIZEROTYPEIntel S3610 1.6TBsdb8:1601.5T0diskIntel P3608 1.6TB (showing as single 800 MB Drive)vme1n1259:10745.2G0diskSupermicro SATADOM 32 GB Drivesdc8:32029.5G0diskHGST HE8 8TB Drivesda8:007.3G0diskIntel P3608 1.6TB (showing as single 800 MB Drive)nvme0n1259:00745.2G0disk

If we were running Windows, I know there are several tools that would address this, but what about in Ubuntu? Is there support for other Linux distributions other than Red Hat/SUSE?

I am running 4.8.0-22-generic version of the kernel.

Also, server hardware configuration consists of the following:

CPU: Intel E5-1650 V4

Memory: DDR4 256 GB (32x8)

Intel C612 chipset

PCI-E 3.0 x16 & x8 slots

Thanks

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idata
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Hello Stoic,

 

 

The Intel® SSD DC P3608 Series features an unique dual storage controller configuration. Because of this, natively the drive will always be displayed as two separate NVMe* storage devices.

 

 

For full performance we recommend setting up these two halves into a RAID 0 array. Officially we support this setup through the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise software, which is unfortunately not Linux* friendy.

 

 

Since you're using Ubuntu* Server, I can personally recommend the "mdadm" utility, although this is not supported though us.

 

 

Relevant links:

 

 

- https://raid.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/RAID_setup# RAID-0 Setting up RAID 0 using 'mdadm' - Linux* RAID Wiki

 

-http://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/ssdc/data-center-ssds/Intel%20NVMe%20Instal... Intel SSD DC P3608 Series - Installation Guide (Page 13, section 3.3)

 

- http://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/ssdc/data-center-ssds/Intel_Linux_NVMe_Guid... Intel® Linux* NVMe* Driver - Reference Guide for Developers

 

 

NOTE: Any links provided for third party tools or sites are offered for your convenience and should not be viewed as an endorsement by Intel® of the content, products, or services offered there. We do not offer support for any third party tool mentioned here.

 

 

We hope this information helps.

 

 

Best regards,

 

Carlos A.
idata
Community Manager
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Hello Stoic,

 

 

The Intel® SSD DC P3608 Series features an unique dual storage controller configuration. Because of this, natively the drive will always be displayed as two separate NVMe* storage devices.

 

 

For full performance we recommend setting up these two halves into a RAID 0 array. Officially we support this setup through the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise software, which is unfortunately not Linux* friendy.

 

 

Since you're using Ubuntu* Server, I can personally recommend the "mdadm" utility, although this is not supported though us.

 

 

Relevant links:

 

 

- https://raid.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/RAID_setup# RAID-0 Setting up RAID 0 using 'mdadm' - Linux* RAID Wiki

 

-http://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/ssdc/data-center-ssds/Intel%20NVMe%20Instal... Intel SSD DC P3608 Series - Installation Guide (Page 13, section 3.3)

 

- http://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/ssdc/data-center-ssds/Intel_Linux_NVMe_Guid... Intel® Linux* NVMe* Driver - Reference Guide for Developers

 

 

NOTE: Any links provided for third party tools or sites are offered for your convenience and should not be viewed as an endorsement by Intel® of the content, products, or services offered there. We do not offer support for any third party tool mentioned here.

 

 

We hope this information helps.

 

 

Best regards,

 

Carlos A.
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