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Hello.

I am doing research on game servers and was looking for some input. Here are the proposed specifications:

*Updated Version

  • 2 x AMD Opteron 6380 16 Core 2.5GHz
  • 192GB DDR3 1600MHz ECC Memory
  • Decent dual socket motherboard
  • 500Mb/s guaranteed unlimited bandwidth leased internet line
  • 4 x 240GB Enterprise SSD
  • 2 x 3TB SATA backup drive RAID 1


How many players would you estimate could play on this server simultaneously? What are your views on these specifications and do you think anything needs to be changed?

Thank you.
Edited by sm321 - 7/9/13 at 12:14pm
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RAID 5 for a high I/O operation. No.

Stripe it. Get yourself a backup every so often, depending on your game of choice. EG: Minecraft I'd backup every hour or so.
    
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RAID 5 for a high I/O operation. No.

Stripe it. Get yourself a backup every so often, depending on your game of choice. EG: Minecraft I'd backup every hour or so.

Thank you for your message. I can change to a different RAID level and add a new hard drive for backups. How many players would you estimate could play on this server at one time?
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RAID 5 for a high I/O operation. No.

Stripe it. Get yourself a backup every so often, depending on your game of choice. EG: Minecraft I'd backup every hour or so.

RAID 5 is striping with parity.

You could go for RAID 0 if you wanted and take a regular backup. But bear in mind that there is ZERO tolerance for drive failure.

In terms of simultaneous users, that is impossible to say. It all depends what games you intend to run, what maps etc... However it is a powerful machine and will be able to handle a fair amount of load.
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Depending on the game, you're going to want a faster CPU pair. 2 Ghz isn't very favorable to game that only use 1 thread.
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RAID 0 with backups? No no no. 4 x 300GB 15K RPM SAS drive in RAID 10 is what you want. You can use 2 x 3TB 7200RPM drives in a RAID 1 for local backups, but that isn't necessary, IMO. Also, herkalurk has a valid point, in that you want CPUs with a higher clock, since a lot of games are single core (at least older games).

To elaborate on the drives,
2 x 300GB 15K RPM drives in RAID 0 = ~350 IOPS
3 x 300GB 15K RPM drives in RAID 5 = ~525 IOPS
4 x 300GB 15K RPM drives in RAID 10 = ~700 IOPS

I'm pretty sure that a game server is going to be a lot of random read/writes, instead of sequential. Thus, RAID 0 is not the ideal choice since sequential R/W speed doesn't matter, as much. What matters is your IOPS, and the more drives in the array, the more IOPS you are going to get. RAID 10 is also going to give you the best redundancy, while giving you maximum performance.
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post #8 of 30
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Originally Posted by The_Rocker View Post

RAID 5 is striping with parity.

You could go for RAID 0 if you wanted and take a regular backup. But bear in mind that there is ZERO tolerance for drive failure.

In terms of simultaneous users, that is impossible to say. It all depends what games you intend to run, what maps etc... However it is a powerful machine and will be able to handle a fair amount of load.
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Depending on the game, you're going to want a faster CPU pair. 2 Ghz isn't very favorable to game that only use 1 thread.
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RAID 0 with backups? No no no. 4 x 300GB 15K RPM SAS drive in RAID 10 is what you want. You can use 2 x 3TB 7200RPM drives in a RAID 1 for local backups, but that isn't necessary, IMO. Also, herkalurk has a valid point, in that you want CPUs with a higher clock, since a lot of games are single core (at least older games).

To elaborate on the drives,
2 x 300GB 15K RPM drives in RAID 0 = ~350 IOPS
3 x 300GB 15K RPM drives in RAID 5 = ~525 IOPS
4 x 300GB 15K RPM drives in RAID 10 = ~700 IOPS

I'm pretty sure that a game server is going to be a lot of random read/writes, instead of sequential. Thus, RAID 0 is not the ideal choice since sequential R/W speed doesn't matter, as much. What matters is your IOPS, and the more drives in the array, the more IOPS you are going to get. RAID 10 is also going to give you the best redundancy, while giving you maximum performance.

Thank you for all of the messages. I'll update the RAID setup and the CPUs can be overclocked to gain a higher frequency. Do you think that would conclude the final setup?
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Well, you should never overclock a server. Is this a server you are hosting, or will it be co-located at a datacenter? Overclocking could lead to instability, but that's your call.
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Well, you should never overclock a server. Is this a server you are hosting, or will it be co-located at a datacenter? Overclocking could lead to instability, but that's your call.

Thank you for your message. I have had a look at some higher clocked server processors and one that looked suitable was a 2.3GHz, but I will have a deeper look soon. And this will be hosted by myself, not at a data centre.
Edited by sm321 - 7/9/13 at 5:46am
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