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Testing Fusion-io ioDrive

 | May 3, 2012 |  Posted In: Benchmarks, Hardware and Storage, MySQL


Following my series of posts on testing different SSD, in my last post I mentioned that SATA SSD performance is getting closer to PCIe cards. It really makes sense to test it under MySQL workload, but before getting to that, let me review the same workload on Fusion-io ioDrive PCIe card. This is yet previous generation of Fusion-io cards, but this is the one that has biggest installation base.

Driver information: Fusion-io driver version: 2.3.10 build 110; Firmware v5.0.7, rev 107053

Following the format of previous benchmarks, first is random write async 16KB case.

We can see some wave-like pattern with throughput 350-400 MiB/sec.

Random reads, async:

Interesting to see that there is quite unstable throughput in range 450-500 MiB/sec.
This is not usual for read-only workload to have such variety in throughput.

It gets even more interesting when we go to read sync IO, with 1-64 threads.

Response time:

For same cases (i.e. 4 threads) we see some interesting patterns.
As for response time, actually it does not seem much better than for Intel 520.
For 8 threads it is 0.6 ms ( for Intel 520 – 0.69 ms).

To better understand patterns in the read synchronous case, let me unfold results and show them in timeline (from 0 to 1800 sec):

I am not sure how to explain it, that with 4 and 8 threads the pattern is less stable than with 32 threads.

It is curios that I published results already for bunch of cards:

and each card shows individuals patterns and different handling of write and read IO cases.

Vadim Tkachenko

Vadim Tkachenko co-founded Percona in 2006 and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Vadim leads Percona Labs, which focuses on technology research and performance evaluations of Percona’s and third-party products. Percona Labs designs no-gimmick tests of hardware, filesystems, storage engines, and databases that surpass the standard performance and functionality scenario benchmarks. Vadim’s expertise in LAMP performance and multi-threaded programming help optimize MySQL and InnoDB internals to take full advantage of modern hardware. Oracle Corporation and its predecessors have incorporated Vadim’s source code patches into the mainstream MySQL and InnoDB products. He also co-authored the book High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication 3rd Edition.


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