FreeBSD IO Performance (was Re: Quality of FreeBSD)
markir at paradise.net.nz
Fri Jul 22 07:41:48 GMT 2005
I happened to have received a 'new' machine, and wanted to see what its
IO system was capable of. So took the opportunity to run 4.10 and 5.4
against each other a few times. (fresh re-installs each time).
Its documented at:
I wanted to play with Docbook as well :-), so excuse the "book" format
(might be a few typos too).
But to cut to the chase, the results were overall very similar - 4.10
probably a little (4-8%) faster (allowing for run variation). So really
5.4 is reasonably fast. The actual figures weren't too bad either -
70-80Mb/s read and writes on a 2 disk ATA array.
The most interesting thing discovered, was 5.4's "out of the box"
sequential *read* performance was considerably less then 4.10, but could
be brought up to almost the same by setting.
Hope this provides some interest, again - gotta qualify, this is all one
man's experiment on his hardware...
P.s : of course, it would be nice if 5.x (or perhaps more importantly
6.x) was *faster* than 4.10....
Michael Schuh wrote:
> Now my question to you : is the performance of ata-related disk-access
> under UFS-Filesystem not important for other application, so that the
> performance can be a half of them that RELENG_4 does?
> In fact under RELENG_4 i can write a GIG FIle double as fast as under
> RELENG_5 ! and i would not hear any thing about serial performance or
> that this is not really like the real world, if i syimulate that with:
> /usr/bin/time dd if=/dev/zero of=/zerofile bs=1024 count=1024k;
> this is reality poor!
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