Hello,

Recently Intel and Microsoft demonstrated pushing over 1.25 million IOPS using 
software iSCSI and a single 10 Gbit NIC:
http://communities.intel.com/community/wired/blog/2010/04/22/1-million-iops-how-about-125-million

Earlier they achieved one (1.0) million IOPS:
http://blog.fosketts.net/2010/01/14/microsoft-intel-push-million-iscsi-iops/
http://communities.intel.com/community/openportit/server/blog/2010/01/19/1000000-iops-with-iscsi--thats-not-a-typo

The benchmark setup explained:
http://communities.intel.com/community/wired/blog/2010/04/20/1-million-iop-article-explained
http://dlbmodigital.microsoft.com/ppt/TN-100114-JSchwartz_SMorgan_JPlawner-1032432956-FINAL.pdf


So the question is.. does someone have enough new hardware to try this with 
Linux?
Can Linux scale to over 1 million IO operations per second?


Intel and Microsoft used the following for the benchmark:

        - Single Windows 2008 R2 system with Intel Xeon 5600 series CPU, 
          single-port Intel 82599 10 Gbit NIC and MS software-iSCSI initiator 
          connecting to 50x iSCSI LUNs.
        - IOmeter to benchmark all the 50x iSCSI LUNs concurrently.

        - 10 servers as iSCSI targets, each having 5x ramdisk LUNs, total of 
50x ramdisk LUNs.
        - iSCSI target server also used 10 Gbit NICs, and StarWind iSCSI target 
software.
        - Cisco 10 Gbit switch (Nexus) connecting the servers.

        - For the 1.25 million IOPS result they used 512 bytes/IO benchmark, 
outstanding IOs=20.
        - No jumbo frames, just the standard MTU=1500.

They used many LUNs so they can scale the iSCSI connections to multiple CPU 
cores 
using RSS (Receive Side Scaling) and MSI-X interrupts. 

So.. Who wants to try this? :) I don't unfortunately have 11x extra computers 
with 10 Gbit NICs atm to try it myself..

This test covers networking, block layer, and software iSCSI initiator..
so it would be a nice to see if we find any bottlenecks from current Linux 
kernel.

Comments please!

-- Pasi

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