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Kevin Raven (UK)
Frequent Advisor

Path Switching

I have been testing path swithes between Top and Bottom fibre cards on a ES45 running OpenVMS 7.3-2 with Update V8 applied.
We have put together a simple srcipt to test the time it takes to switch path. The script simply loops creating files on a EMC SAN based disk. While the script runs we simply pull a fibre cable from one of the fibre cards on the server.
The path switch takes approx 5 seconds.
Can this be speeded up ?

Does a sysgen param exist to reduce the wait prior to path switch ?
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Robert Brooks_1
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Re: Path Switching

No, the path switch cannot happen any quicker.

We have not done any testing with EMC storage, so I cannot say for sure how those controllers respond, our experience with HSZ, HSG, and HSV controllers show us that
there can be some amount of time (measured in seconds) before the controller will return an error back to the operating system.

The biggest consumer of time here is that we (multipath) need to wait for various SCSI commands to either "time out" or fail before we can move on to find a working path. When an I/O fails, multipath's algorithms are such that we try to stay on the current path, because we've found that the majority of problems are rather transient.


-- Rob, VMS Engineering
Kevin Raven (UK)
Frequent Advisor

Re: Path Switching

Thanks for the quick reply.