[Samba] A question
John H Terpstra
jht at samba.org
Tue Apr 1 15:54:55 GMT 2003
On Tue, 1 Apr 2003, Joedilson B. Azevedo wrote:
> I would like to know what kind of processor and memory RAM I need to
> run the SAMBA for 200 people.
With samba you will be runninf more than 200 instances of smbd. Your
memory requirement (min) will be:
200 x approx. 0.5 MB per process = 100 MB
System requirements (for Linux approx 100 MB if X is running)
So you suggested minimum is NOT less than 256 MB. A Single CPU can manage
200 users. The key questions are:
1. What work load will your MS Windows users have? How many concurrent
writes/reads? What is the estimated Input/Output load (MB/sec)?
2. What performance levels will your heaviest user demand? Is instant
read/write behaviour esential? Will a 5 second delay be acceptable.
3. What disk subsystem bandwidth (disk I/O) will the machine provide?
It makes no sense to install a system that has 4 CPU's, with massive RAID
disk I/O, and with 4 Gigabytes memory if only one user will have a high
For 200 users you could manage the load with:
Dual CPU (AMD MP1600+ or Intel P-III Xeon)
1 Gigabyte memory
3Ware IDE RAID with 3 or more IDE 7200 rpm drives
You could build such a system for under USD$3000. You would be advised to
use 1 Gigabit ethernet to an etherswitch that will act as a concentrator
for 100BaseT workstation connections.
As a general guide: More CPUs means better performance, more memory means
better performance, more disk I/O means better performance, more network
I/O menas better performance. Above all keep system sizing in perspective
- John T.
John H Terpstra
Email: jht at samba.org
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