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SubjectRe: Journal FS Comparison on IOzone (was Netbench)
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On Monday 27 August 2001 01:24 pm, Randy.Dunlap wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I am doing some similar FS comparisons, but using IOzone
> (www.iozone.org)
> instead of Netbench.
>
> Some preliminary (mostly raw) data are available at:
> http://www.osdlab.org/reports/journal_fs/
> (updated today).
>
> I am using a Linux 2.4.7 on a 4-way VA Linux system.
> It has 4 GB of RAM, but I have limited it to 256 MB in
> accordance with IOzone run rules.
>
> However, I suspect that this causes IOzone to measure disk
> subsystem or PCI bus performance more than it does FS performance.
> Any comments on this?

Randy,

You are definitly exceeding what the kernel will cache and writing to disk on
some tests. I guess it depends on what is more important to you. I think
both are valid things to test, and you may want to try not limiting memory to
get just FS performace in memory for large files. However, writing to disk
is important, especially for things like bounce-buffer. Did you have himem
support in your kernel? If so, did you have a bounce-buffer elimination
patch as well?

Does the storage system/controller have a disk cache? What size?

Also, does IOzone default to num procs=num cpus? I didn't see any options in
your cmdline for num_procs.

-Andrew



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