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SubjectRe: harddisk speed: 2.4.24 20+% faster then 2.6.3
Danny ter Haar <dth@ncc1701.cistron.net>, on Fri Feb 27, 2004 [12:04:29 AM] said:
> I've been checking, rechecking but cannot explain
> why a "vannilla" debian install kernel (sid-testing install
> cdrom) is faster then "Feisty Dunnart" on the same hardware.
>
> hardware: Mini-itx with 1Ghz via-C3
> 200GB udma harddisk.
>
> 2.4.24:
> Timing buffered disk reads: 150 MB in 3.01 seconds = 49.83 MB/sec
>
> 2.6.3 (vanilla):
> Timing buffered disk reads: 102 MB in 3.05 seconds = 33.40 MB/sec
>
> 2.6.3-mm4:
> Timing buffered disk reads: 108 MB in 3.00 seconds = 35.95 MB/sec
>

Hi;


By default, my hdparm numbers and my kernel build time
benchmark were worse on all 2.6 vs. 2.4 kernels, until I tried:

/sbin/hdparm -a 4096 /dev/hdx

eg. (typical averages)
2.4.21:
Timing buffered disk reads: 80 MB in 3.07 seconds = 26.06 MB/sec
2.6.0-test5:
Timing buffered disk reads: 68 MB in 3.06 seconds = 22.21 MB/sec
2.6.1: [readahead 4096]
Timing buffered disk reads: 90 MB in 3.02 seconds = 29.82 MB/sec

2.6.0-test10 building 2.4.18-packet (personal config) gcc3.2.3 glibc2.3.2
160g Maxtor, ext3
(2xpII 400)
time (make -j4 clean && make -j4 dep && make -j4 bzImage)
[with default read-ahead]
real 9m1.496s
user 16m1.977s
sys 0m45.347s

[read-ahead = 4096]
real 7m2.923s
user 12m6.889s
sys 0m46.190s

pIIx4, ata33, 160g maxtor

Paul
set@pobox.com
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