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SubjectRe: 2x Oracle slowdown from 2.2.16 to 2.4.4
On Fri, 13 Jul 2001, Andrew Morton wrote:

> Andrew Morton wrote:
> >
> > Lance Larsh wrote:
> > >
> > > And while we're talking about comparing configurations, I'll mention that
> > > I'm currently trying to compare raw and ext2 (no lvm in either case).
> >
> > It would be interesting to see some numbers for ext3 with full
> > data journalling.
> >
> > Some preliminary testing by Neil Brown shows that ext3 is 1.5x faster
> > than ext2 when used with knfsd, mounted synchronously. (This uses
> > O_SYNC internally).
>
> I just did some testing with local filesystems - running `dbench 4'
> on ext2-on-iDE and ext3-on-IDE, where dbench was altered to open
> files O_SYNC. Journal size was 400 megs, mount options `data=journal'
>
> ext2: Throughput 2.71849 MB/sec (NB=3.39812 MB/sec 27.1849 MBit/sec)
> ext3: Throughput 12.3623 MB/sec (NB=15.4529 MB/sec 123.623 MBit/sec)
>
> ext3 patches are at http://www.uow.edu.au/~andrewm/linux/ext3/
>
> The difference will be less dramatic with large, individual writes.

This is a totally transient effect, right? The journal acts as a faster
buffer, but if programs are writing a lot of data to the disk for a very
long time, the throughput will eventually be throttled by writing the
journal back into the filesystem.

For programs that write in bursts, it looks like a huge win!

-jwb

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