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SubjectRe: SSD and IO schedulers
Heinz Diehl wrote:
> On 08.04.2009, Corrado Zoccolo wrote:
>> I found that elevator=deadline performs much better than noop for
>> writes, and almost as well for reads
> [....]
> The DL elevator has slightly more throughput than cfq and anticipatory,
> but is almost unusuable under load.
> Running Theodore Ts'os "fsync-tester" while doing Linus' torture test
> "while : ; do time sh -c "dd if=/dev/zero of=bigfile bs=8M count=256 ; sync; rm bigfile"; done"
> shows it clearly:
This is good information, and if I ever configure a netbook for run fsync-tester
I shall avoid the DL scheduler. ;-(

However... this test, and several others designed to find the ultimate
performance limits of disk io, don't mimic any typical use of most desktops and
virtually all netbooks.

Is there a benchmark which would return so useful data for typical use, doing
some mail, some browsing, and maybe some light presentation, spreadsheet, or
word processing. None of those uses are likely to generate this level of io,
this file size, etc. The number of users is one, it's not used as a server, and
probably most of the tuning done (if any) is aimed at battery life rather than
blinding speed with a three digit load average.

I don't think this is a useful benchmark for netbooks, and hopefully there is a
test available which will give more insight into the performance in typical use.

Bill Davidsen <>
"We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked." - from Slashdot

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