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Re: Desktop Filesystem Benchmarks in 2.6.3



XFS is the best filesystem.


David Weinehall wrote:


On Tue, Mar 02, 2004 at 03:33:13PM -0700, Dax Kelson wrote:


On Tue, 2004-03-02 at 09:34, Peter Nelson wrote:


Hans Reiser wrote:

I'm confused as to why performing a benchmark out of cache as opposed to on disk would hurt performance?


My understanding (which could be completely wrong) is that reieserfs v3
and v4 are algorithmically more complex than ext2 or ext3. Reiserfs
spends more CPU time to make the eventual ondisk operations more
efficient/faster.

When operating purely or mostly out of ram, the higher CPU utilization
of reiserfs hurts performance compared to ext2 and ext3.

When your system I/O utilization exceeds cache size and your disks
starting getting busy, the CPU time previously invested by reiserfs pays
big dividends and provides large performance gains versus more
simplistic filesystems.


In other words, the CPU penalty paid by reiserfs v3/v4 is more than made
up for by the resultant more efficient disk operations. Reiserfs trades CPU for disk performance.


In a nutshell, if you have more memory than you know what do to with,
stick with ext3. If you spend all your time waiting for disk operations
to complete, go with reiserfs.



Or rather, if you have more memory than you know what to do with, use ext3. If you have more CPU power than you know what to do with, use ReiserFS[34].

On slower machines, I generally prefer a little slower I/O rather than
having the entire system sluggish because of higher CPU-usage.


Regards: David Weinehall







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