Except that the tape is a 4GB tape, rated as 8GB WITH compression.

Point taken on the speed of the DUPTAP.  I'm reasonably satisfied with it
taking that into account.


Jim Damato <jdamato@dollargeneral.com>
Sent by: midrange-l-admin@midrange.com
2002/01/15 11:30
Please respond to midrange-l

        To:     "'midrange-l@midrange.com'" <midrange-l@midrange.com>
        Subject:        RE: DUPTAP command

>  Neil:
> Saturday morning went to a model 270 (with CPW 950) to do DUPTAP from
> to an SLR5-4gb (4/8GB tape) on a 6382 QIC drive, reading from a 7208-342
> 8mm drive.  DUPTAP took just over 6 hours !!  Also, weird thing is we
> waiting for message to change QIC tape after about 8GB, but the message
> never came.  It actually wrote all 13.7GB to a single 4/8GB tape (in
> format QIC4DC).

> It makes absolutely no sense to me why DUPTAP takes so long to run -
> longer than to run the actual save or restore jobs on much slower
> (although the restricting speed is no doubt the write speed to an
> tape, not the CPW of the box).  Anyone else have any annoying
> or knowledge, on this stupid command ?

QIC4DC is a compression format.  Depending on the data I've seen better
50% compression in the past, so 13.7GB to an 8GB tape doesn't surprise me.
Neither does 6 hours to dup a tape of that size with the formats you've
used.  According to the V4R4 System Handbook the 6382 performs at about
K/sec in QIC4DC format.  Doesn't that work out to about 2.7GB/hour?

Slower vs. faster systems and the command itself don't seem to really
into the situation too much.  It seems to all boil down to the target tape
drive.  I'd like to see what performance you get backing up a few gig
straight onto the 6382 from disk via SAVOBJ.


James P. Damato

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