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SubjectRe: Journal FS Comparison on IOzone (was Netbench)

Andrew Theurer wrote:
> On Monday 27 August 2001 01:24 pm, Randy.Dunlap wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I am doing some similar FS comparisons, but using IOzone
> > ( instead of Netbench.
> >
> > Some preliminary (mostly raw) data are available at:
> >
> > (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?


Sorry about the delay in responding.

I'm interested in filesystem performance. I'm not trying to
document IDE vs. SCSI vs. FC performance/price tradeoffs, benefits,

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

Good questions, but I'm having trouble finding answers for them.
(hence the delay in responding)

The FC host controller is a QLogic 2200. It is attached to an
IBM FAStT controller/drive array -- one controller with 10
attached drives. I've been looking at the IBM FAStT OS console
interface, but I can't see much cache info there.
There is one item: cache/processor sizes: 88/40 MB

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

No, IOzone doesn't default to num_processes = num_cpus.
That's a command-line option that I didn't use, although I expect
to do some testing with that option also.

Thanks for your comments.

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