On Mon, 2005-10-03 at 14:16 -0700, Josh Berkus wrote:
> Jeff,
> > > Nope, LOTS of testing, at OSDL, GreenPlum and Sun.   For comparison, A
> > > Big-Name Proprietary Database doesn't get much more than that either.
> >
> > I find this claim very suspicious.  I get single-threaded reads in
> > excess of 1GB/sec with XFS and > 250MB/sec with ext3.
> Database reads?  Or raw FS reads?  It's not the same thing.

Just reading files off the filesystem.  These are input rates I get with
a specialized sort implementation.  1GB/sec is not even especially
wonderful, I can get that on two controllers with 24-disk stripe set.

I guess database reads are different, but I remain unconvinced that they
are *fundamentally* different.  After all, a tab-delimited file (my sort
workload) is a kind of database.

> Also, we're talking *write speed* here, not read speed.

Ok, I did not realize.  Still you should see 250-300MB/sec
single-threaded sequential output on ext3, assuming the storage can
provide that rate.

> I also find *your* claim suspicious, since there's no way XFS is 300% faster 
> than ext3 for the *general* case.

On a single disk you wouldn't notice, but XFS scales much better when
you throw disks at it.  I get a 50MB/sec boost from the 24th disk,
whereas ext3 stops scaling after 16 disks.  For writes both XFS and ext3
top out around 8 disks, but in this case XFS tops out at 500MB/sec while
ext3 can't break 350MB/sec.

I'm hopeful that in the future the work being done at ClusterFS will
make ext3 on-par with XFS.


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