October 21, 2014

ext4 vs xfs on SSD

As ext4 is a standard de facto filesystem for many modern Linux system, I am getting a lot of question if this is good for SSD, or something else (i.e. xfs) should be used. Traditionally our recommendation is xfs, and it comes to known problem in ext3, where IO gets serialized per i_node in O_DIRECT […]

MLC SSD card lifetime and write amplification

As MLC-based SSD cards are raising popularity, there is also a raising concern how long it can survive. As we know, a MLC NAND module can handle 5,000-10,000 erasing cycles, after which it gets unusable. And obviously the SSD card based on MLC NAND has a limited lifetime. There is a lot of misconceptions and […]

Intel 320 SSD write performance – contd.

I wrote about Intel 320 SSD write performance before, but I was not satisfied with these results. Somewhat each time on Intel 320 SSD I was getting different write performance, so it made me looking into this with details.

Intel 320 SSD read performance

(this is cross-post from http://www.percona.com/blog/) While PCI-e Flash cards show great performance, I am often asked about alternatives, as price for PCI-e cards is still significant and not acceptable for small companies and startups. Intel 320 SSD appears to be a popular drive with a quite acceptable price. I wrote about write performance of these […]

FusionIO 320GB MLC random write performance

I was advised that new drivers and new firmware for FusionIO cards improve performance and stability and it is recommended to review results I’ve got about year ago. Using the same methodology and the same box as for Intel 320 SSD, I run random writes benchmarks for FusionIO 320GB MLC card (I do not have […]

Intel 320 SSD random write performance

While I like performance provided by PCI-E cards like FusionIO or Virident tachIOn, I am often asked about SATA drives alternatives, as price of PCI-E cards often is barrier, especially for startups. There is wide range of SATA drives on market, and it is hard to pick one, but Intel SSD are probably one of […]

Death match! EBS versus SSD price, performance, and QoS

Is it a good idea to deploy your database into the cloud? It depends. I have seen it work well many times, and cause trouble at other times. In this blog post I want to examine cloud-based I/O. I/O matters a lot when a) the database’s working set is bigger than the server’s memory, or […]

Write performance on Virident tachIOn card

This is crosspost from http://www.percona.com/blog/. Disclaimer: The benchmarks were done as part of our consulting practice, but this post is totally independent and fully reflects our opinion. One of the biggest problems with solid state drives is that write performance may drop significantly with decreasing free space. I wrote about this before (http://www.percona.com/blog/2010/07/17/ssd-free-space-and-write-performance/), using a […]

HandlerSocket on SSD

We all enjoyed Yoshinori announcement of HandlerSocket, the plugin to MySQL which open NOSQL way to access data stored in InnoDB. The published results are impressive, but I want to understand some, that’s why I run couple more experiments. In blog post Yoshinori used the case when all data fits into memory, and one of […]

SSD: Free space and write performance

( cross posting from SSD Performance Blog ) In previous post On Benchmarks on SSD, commenter touched another interesting point. Available free space affects write performance on SSD card significantly. The reason is still garbage collector, which operates more efficiently the more free space you have. Again, to read mode on garbage collector and write […]