Percona Live 2017 Open Source Database Conference

April 24 - 27, 2017

Santa Clara, California

Performance Analysis of NVMe SSDs and their Implication on Real World Databases

Performance Analysis of NVMe SSDs and their Implication on Real World Databases

 26 April - 4:30 PM - 4:55 PM @ Room 210
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25 minutes conference
Business / Case Studies


The storage subsystem has undergone tremendous innovation in order to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for throughput. Non Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) based solid state devices are the latest development in this domain, delivering unprecedented performance in terms of latency and peak bandwidth. NVMe drives are expected to be particularly beneficial for I/O intensive applications, with databases being one of the prominent use-cases. This talk provides the first, in-depth performance analysis of NVMe drives. Combining driver instrumentation with system monitoring tools, we present a breakdown of access times for I/O requests throughout the entire system. Furthermore, we present a detailed, quantitative analysis of all the factors contributing to the low-latency, high-throughput characteristics of NVMe drives, including the system software stack. Lastly, we characterize the performance of multiple cloud databases (both relational and NoSQL) on state-of-the-art NVMe drives, and compare that to their performance on enterprise-class SATA-based SSDs. We show that NVMe-backed database applications deliver up to 8 superior client-side performance over enterprise-class, SATA based SSDs.


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Qiumin Xu

Performance Architect Intern, Samsung


Qiumin Xu is currently a PhD candidate in the Super Computing in Pocket Group at the University of Southern California (USC). Before coming to USC, I received my B.S degree from Department of Microelectronics in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science School, Peking University, Beijing, China in 2011. Her current research mainly focuses on computer architecture and storage system. She was a performance architect intern at Samsung in summer 2014 and 2016.

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