Perc 4 e/DI Windows 2003 vs. RHEL 4 Performance Statistics

Matthew DeJong mdejong at dejonginc.com
Tue May 9 11:20:51 CDT 2006


I am still looking to improve my performance in Linux to an on my Perc
4e/DI controller, but in the process of testing etc.  I took the exact
same Power Edge 2850 and ran iozone in Windows Standard 2003 and Red Hat
Linux ES 4 update 2 (kernel 2.6.9-22).  I saw a couple of posts in the
past asking about the performance difference on the OSs so I figured I
would post the results from these tests.
 
Hardware:  PE2850 dual Pentium Xeon 3.0Ghz 2 MB cache processors, perc
4e/DI, 2 x 73 GB 10K RPM Seagate drives in Raid 1, 6 GB RAM (windows
limits to 4 on standard), dual port on board Broadcom gigabit NICs,
Intel PRO/1000MT dual port, Adaptec 39160.
Perc 4e/DI bios updated to 521x
 
Software configurations (not a dual boot, but actually rebuilt the OS):
Red Hat Linux ES 4 update 2 (kernel 2.6.9-22), standard install with
Dell drivers and bios, booted without X, most services where stopped,
open management was not installed, VMware GSX 3.2 server, no running
virtual machines.
Windows 2003 Standard, standard install with Dell drivers, open
management not installed, no additional Windows services, VMware GSX 3.2
server, no running virtual machines
 
-------------------------------------------Linux IOZONE Test
1-----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------
 
  Iozone: Performance Test of File I/O
          Version $Revision: 3.263 $
   Compiled for 32 bit mode.
   Build: linux
 
  Contributors:William Norcott, Don Capps, Isom Crawford, Kirby Collins
               Al Slater, Scott Rhine, Mike Wisner, Ken Goss
               Steve Landherr, Brad Smith, Mark Kelly, Dr. Alain CYR,
               Randy Dunlap, Mark Montague, Dan Million, 
               Jean-Marc Zucconi, Jeff Blomberg,
               Erik Habbinga, Kris Strecker, Walter Wong.
 
  Run began: Sat Apr 29 14:56:59 2006
 
  Using minimum file size of 524288 kilobytes.
 Using maximum file size of 2097152 kilobytes.
 Auto Mode
 Cross over of record size disabled.
 Command line used: ./iozone -n 512m -g 2g -f test.out -az -i0 -i1
 Output is in Kbytes/sec
 Time Resolution = 0.000001 seconds.
 Processor cache size set to 1024 Kbytes.
 Processor cache line size set to 32 bytes.
 File stride size set to 17 * record size.
                                                            random
random    bkwd  record  stride                                   
              KB  reclen   write rewrite    read    reread    read
write    read rewrite    read   fwrite frewrite   fread  freread
          524288       4  264576  646898  1492711  1520397
          524288       8  289154  660507  1666374  1726942
          524288      16  300149  699894  1944507  1966867
          524288      32  293641  718210  1966749  2045977
          524288      64  301815  741746  2090454  2138832
          524288     128  311868  746704  2011726  2168424
          524288     256  312476  761608  2099351  2190201
          524288     512  312461  722570  1965237  2144274
          524288    1024  299916  692823  1381126  1399889
          524288    2048  285049  637515   994801  1001033
          524288    4096  289618  633259   966112   990276
          524288    8192  289300  607463   979552   987008
          524288   16384  280119  620299   973899   981694
          1048576       4  272353  590367  1530602  1556665
          1048576       8  283272  627307  1776928  1806307
          1048576      16  296379  692436  1953259  1984207
          1048576      32  296698  711043  1972242  2103703
          1048576      64  305873  737602  2131424  1981623
          1048576     128  307436  715663  2157777  2079245
          1048576     256  304777  718732  2179515  2101338
          1048576     512  306837  717351  2124950  2187532
          1048576    1024  298214  680887  1380384  1410346
          1048576    2048  284437  601957   994461   999087
          1048576    4096  283793  571339   989065   976472
          1048576    8192  284072  619312   972332   977893
          1048576   16384  285387  624100   982137   985205
          2097152       4  121151   56360  1493933  1526728
          2097152       8   60361   53859  1791923  1809696
          2097152      16   57554   54448  1967721  1984402
          2097152      32   55437   58195  2034229  2061926
          2097152      64   57202   54906  1956913  2154958
          2097152     128   56152   54857  2020309  2183998
          2097152     256   55288  129611  2178671  2199473
          2097152     512   56186   54165  2118198  2136020
          2097152    1024   57717   53757  1412365  1424924
          2097152    2048   58967   57279   974913   983324
          2097152    4096   59840   53600   927708   990505
          2097152    8192   58139   55658   909564   928544
          2097152   16384   57764   57490   984673   988934
 
completed in a little over 40 minuets.
 
-------------------------------------------Linux IOZONE Test
2-----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------
 
  Iozone: Performance Test of File I/O
          Version $Revision: 3.263 $
   Compiled for 32 bit mode.
   Build: linux
 
  Contributors:William Norcott, Don Capps, Isom Crawford, Kirby Collins
               Al Slater, Scott Rhine, Mike Wisner, Ken Goss
               Steve Landherr, Brad Smith, Mark Kelly, Dr. Alain CYR,
               Randy Dunlap, Mark Montague, Dan Million, 
               Jean-Marc Zucconi, Jeff Blomberg,
               Erik Habbinga, Kris Strecker, Walter Wong.
 
  Run began: Sat Apr 29 16:00:31 2006
 
  Using minimum file size of 131072 kilobytes.
  Using maximum file size of 533504 kilobytes.
  Auto Mode
  Cross over of record size disabled.
  Command line used: ./iozone -n 128m -g 521m -f test.out -az -i0 -i2
  Output is in Kbytes/sec
  Time Resolution = 0.000001 seconds.
  Processor cache size set to 1024 Kbytes.
  Processor cache line size set to 32 bytes.
  File stride size set to 17 * record size.
                                                             random
 random    bkwd  record  stride                                   
               KB  reclen   write rewrite    read    reread    read
write    read rewrite    read   fwrite frewrite   fread  freread
          131072       4  279149  627087                   1055832
577208
          131072       8  288892  695563                   1351857
693513
          131072      16  300793  728493                   1540861
716471
          131072      32  305741  707644                   1741082
785336
          131072      64  308080  763982                   2002203
824066
          131072     128  314768  730364                   1888673
814587
          131072     256  308758  771492                   2073632
840414
          131072     512  314056  765603                   1907860
801193
          131072    1024  296494  670140                   1159693
716960
          131072    2048  277440  646496                    994460
690426
          131072    4096  272366  636704                    920591
673774
          131072    8192  291080  637776                    896948
660871
          131072   16384  286874  626739                    955432
681155
          262144       4  276603  630402                   1106498
608277
          262144       8  274610  708193                   1317684
692160
          262144      16  299394  733024                   1643691
769536
          262144      32  290253  713229                   1781739
779167
          262144      64  313339  764446                   1872939
788564
          262144     128  315516  768987                   2092230
850660
          262144     256  294805  776161                   2106742
855449
          262144     512  310725  769592                   1912470
799531
          262144    1024  289723  670357                   1265192
748884
          262144    2048  289237  640655                    998427
694126
          262144    4096  288655  636611                    972589
686111
          262144    8192  287359  643214                    922766
686913
          262144   16384  291624  614833                    904602
665210
          524288       4  271036  646172                   1051418
602537
          524288       8  276982  666030                   1327311
690155
          524288      16  289833  712515                   1681396
768319
          524288      32  303513  734785                   1867255
801716
          524288      64  308737  746312                   2008466
838387
          524288     128  311911  742613                   2093008
852194
          524288     256  312538  723363                   2119063
858618
          524288     512  304606  716176                   2024254
851557
          524288    1024  288327  680702                   1313853
752823
          524288    2048  290180  608996                    984547
687097
          524288    4096  289745  614119                    930884
682693
          524288    8192  289700  618890                    928454
678414
          524288   16384  284951  632242                    961114
689191                                                          
 
completed in approximately 15 minutes
 
-------------------------------------------Windows IOZONE Test
1-----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------
 Iozone: Performance Test of File I/O
         Version $Revision: 3.263 $
  Compiled for 32 bit mode.
  Build: Windows 
 
 Contributors:William Norcott, Don Capps, Isom Crawford, Kirby Collins
              Al Slater, Scott Rhine, Mike Wisner, Ken Goss
              Steve Landherr, Brad Smith, Mark Kelly, Dr. Alain CYR,
              Randy Dunlap, Mark Montague, Dan Million, 
              Jean-Marc Zucconi, Jeff Blomberg,
              Erik Habbinga, Kris Strecker, Walter Wong.
 
 Run began: Wed May  3 12:20:47 2006
 
 Using minimum file size of 524288 kilobytes.
 Using maximum file size of 2097152 kilobytes.
 Auto Mode
 Cross over of record size disabled.
 Command line used: iozone -n 512m -g 2g -f test.out -az -i0
 Output is in Kbytes/sec
 Time Resolution = 0.000001 seconds.
 Processor cache size set to 1024 Kbytes.
 Processor cache line size set to 32 bytes.
 File stride size set to 17 * record size.
                                                            random
random    bkwd  record  stride                                   
              KB  reclen   write rewrite    read    reread    read
write    read rewrite    read   fwrite frewrite   fread  freread
          524288       4  278417  490849

          524288       8  494966  663840

          524288      16  688992  810030

          524288      32  818459  915941

          524288      64  939106  979109

          524288     128  955853 1018967

          524288     256 1036621 1077654

          524288     512   43389   40941

          524288    1024   47935   46853

          524288    2048   56196   55520

          524288    4096   57927   57852

          524288    8192   59070   52081

          524288   16384   57240   62865

         1048576       4  145418  480580

         1048576       8  483687  648383

         1048576      16  536708  804988

         1048576      32  710319  917635

         1048576      64  774300  967609

         1048576     128  804879  996939

         1048576     256  831278 1042991

         1048576     512   34998   35546

         1048576    1024   44515   44288

         1048576    2048   51047   52415

         1048576    4096   50377   56141

         1048576    8192   55526   60441

         1048576   16384   60401   63231

         2097152       4   80897  453484

         2097152       8  431272  626714

         2097152      16  487736  776376

         2097152      32  615737  884506

         2097152      64  662810  960346

         2097152     128  677455  987748

         2097152     256  700231 1030696

         2097152     512   34767   35099

         2097152    1024   43771   43554

         2097152    2048   51150   51459

         2097152    4096   54775   53135

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         2097152   16384   56517   56373

 
--Completed in approximately 30 minutes
 
-------------------------------------------Windows IOZONE Test
2-----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------
 
 Iozone: Performance Test of File I/O
         Version $Revision: 3.263 $
  Compiled for 32 bit mode.
  Build: Windows 
 
 Contributors:William Norcott, Don Capps, Isom Crawford, Kirby Collins
              Al Slater, Scott Rhine, Mike Wisner, Ken Goss
              Steve Landherr, Brad Smith, Mark Kelly, Dr. Alain CYR,
              Randy Dunlap, Mark Montague, Dan Million, 
              Jean-Marc Zucconi, Jeff Blomberg,
              Erik Habbinga, Kris Strecker, Walter Wong.
 
 Run began: Wed May  3 13:00:32 2006
 
 Using minimum file size of 131072 kilobytes.
 Using maximum file size of 533504 kilobytes.
 Auto Mode
 Cross over of record size disabled.
 Command line used: iozone -n 128m -g 521m -f test.out -az -i0 -i2
 Output is in Kbytes/sec
 Time Resolution = 0.000001 seconds.
 Processor cache size set to 1024 Kbytes.
 Processor cache line size set to 32 bytes.
 File stride size set to 17 * record size.
                                                            random
random    bkwd  record  stride                                   
              KB  reclen   write rewrite    read    reread    read
write    read rewrite    read   fwrite frewrite   fread  freread
          131072       4  144276  513605                    369004
263525                                                          
          131072       8  531279  656855                    590910
411296                                                          
          131072      16  615372  829209                    880120
604567                                                          
          131072      32  851656  923546                   1168555
790217                                                          
          131072      64  950149  967224                   1479225
954578                                                          
          131072     128  997469 1028223                   1728404
1042136                                                          
          131072     256 1036673 1065291                   1918044
1136659                                                          
          131072     512   51256   37731                   2005695
67992                                                          
          131072    1024   42428   46466                   1391499
80853                                                          
          131072    2048   58800   59468                    899900
68597                                                          
          131072    4096   65708   61330                    870724
80074                                                          
          131072    8192   55329   64618                    859323
76439                                                          
          131072   16384   63902   59726                    849599
60244                                                          
          262144       4  142750  514965                    350765
244272                                                          
          262144       8  512981  705406                    570150
398031                                                          
          262144      16  609450  834896                    844989
579858                                                          
          262144      32  832535  919002                   1142517
756284                                                          
          262144      64  875562 1000596                   1438624
907014                                                          
          262144     128  989268 1062283                   1693895
1038147                                                          
          262144     256 1044260 1036136                   1912905
1073816                                                          
          262144     512   45976   41199                   1987686
59684                                                          
          262144    1024   47446   48718                   1356576
70125                                                          
          262144    2048   57217   55048                    899313
68633                                                          
          262144    4096   61863   54560                    865546
61641                                                          
          262144    8192   65006   66748                    855663
61796                                                          
          262144   16384   68254   67204                    852205
66711                                                          
          524288       4  138344  496700                    332174
237877                                                          
          524288       8  520396  670582                    541260
375850                                                          
          524288      16  588316  824184                    814686
562163                                                          
          524288      32  781899  927842                   1115450
744669                                                          
          524288      64  827028  998964                   1385189
899174                                                          
          524288     128  961453 1034595                   1653557
1000143                                                          
          524288     256 1013802 1053867                   1898521
1109448                                                          
          524288     512   36178   38064                   1970570
49704                                                          
          524288    1024   47733   44304                   1371059
61583                                                          
          524288    2048   52360   52667                    897088
58386                                                          
          524288    4096   54441   56468                    866123
62954                                                          
          524288    8192   57754   62950                    851422
68032                                                          
          524288   16384   61363   64060                    846586
63382                                                          
 
iozone test complete.
 
--Completed in Approximately 18 min
 
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I hope that helps anyone who was looking for a comparison.
 
Matt DeJong

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