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  • November 9, 2013
    Ceph Performance Part 2: Write Throughput Without SSD Journals

    INTRODUCTION Hello again! If you are new around these parts you may want to start out by reading the first article in this series available here. For the rest of you, I am sure you are no doubt aware by now of the epic battle that Mark Shuttleworth and I are waging over who can …Read more

  • October 9, 2013
    Ceph Performance Part 1: Disk Controller Write Throughput

    Introduction Here at Inktank our developers have been toiling away at their desks, profiling and optimizing Ceph to make it one of the fastest distributed storage solutions on the planet.  One question we often get asked is how to build an optimally performing Ceph cluster.  This isn’t always an easy question to answer because it …Read more

  • July 12, 2013
    Ceph Cuttlefish VS Bobtail Part 5: Results Summary & Conclusion

    Contents RESULTS SUMMARY 4K RELATIVE PERFORMANCE 128K RELATIVE PERFORMANCE 4M RELATIVE PERFORMANCE CONCLUSION RESULTS SUMMARY For those of you that may have just wandered in from some obscure corner of the internet and haven’t seen the earlier parts of this series, you may want to go back and start at the beginning. If you’ve made […]

  • July 12, 2013
    Ceph Cuttlefish VS Bobtail Part 4: 4M RBD Performance

    Contents Introduction Sequential Writes Random Writes Sequential Reads Random Reads Conclusion INTRODUCTION This is the part I’ve been waiting for. We’ll be testing just how fast we can make Ceph perform with 4M IOs on Kernel and QEMU/KVM RBD volumes. Again, we’ll be looking at how performance scales as the number of concurrent IOs increases […]

  • July 11, 2013
    Ceph Cuttlefish VS Bobtail Part 3: 128K RBD Performance

    Contents Introduction Sequential Writes Random Writes Sequential Reads Random Reads Conclusion INTRODUCTION I’m amazed you are still here! You must be a glutton for punishment (or you haven’t read part 1 and part 2 yet!) If you haven’t run away in fear yet, then prepare yourself! Today we will be looking at how the Ceph […]

  • July 10, 2013
    Ceph Cuttlefish VS Bobtail Part 2: 4K RBD Performance

    Contents Introduction Sequential Writes Random Writes Sequential Reads Random Reads Conclusion INTRODUCTION Welcome back! If you haven’t gotten a chance to read part 1 of our Ceph Cuttlefish VS Bobtail comparison, right now is a great time. Today, we will be looking at how the Ceph Kernel and QEMU/KVM RBD implementations perform with 4K IOs […]

  • July 9, 2013
    Ceph Cuttlefish VS Bobtail Part 1: Introduction and RADOS Bench

    Contents Introduction System Setup Test Setup 4KB Results 128KB Results 4MB Results Conclusion INTRODUCTION Hello readers! You probably thought you had finally gotten rid of me after the strict radio silence I’ve been keeping since the last performance tuning article. No such luck I’m afraid! In reality we here at Inktank have been busy busy […]

  • February 4, 2013
    Ceph Bobtail JBOD Performance Tuning

    Contents Introduction System Setup Test Setup 4KB Results 128KB Results 4MB Results Results Summary Conclusion INTRODUCTION One of the things that makes Ceph particularly powerful is the number of tunable options it provides. You can control how much data and how many operations are buffered at nearly every stage of the pipeline. You can introduce […]

  • January 22, 2013
    Ceph Bobtail Performance – IO Scheduler Comparison

    Contents Introduction System Setup Test Setup 4KB Results 128KB Results 4MB Results Results Summary Conclusion INTRODUCTION One of the strangest things about the holidays is how productive I am. Maybe it’s the fact that Minnesota is bitterly cold this time of year, and the only entertaining things to do outside often involve subzero winds rushing […]

  • December 20, 2012
    Argonaut vs Bobtail Performance Preview

    Contents Introduction System Setup Test Setup 4KB Write Results 4KB Read Results 128KB Write Results 128KB Read Results 4MB Write Results 4MB Read Results Conclusion INTRODUCTION Hello again! War. War never changes. Some of you may have been following my bitter rivalry with Mark Shuttleworth.  Now, I am perfectly aware that I share nearly as […]

  • November 9, 2012
    Ceph Performance Part 2: Write Throughput Without SSD Journals

    INTRODUCTION Hello again! If you are new around these parts you may want to start out by reading the first article in this series available here. For the rest of you, I am sure you are no doubt aware by now of the epic battle that Mark Shuttleworth and I are waging over who can […]

  • October 9, 2012
    Ceph Performance Part 1: Disk Controller Write Throughput

    Introduction Here at Inktank our developers have been toiling away at their desks, profiling and optimizing Ceph to make it one of the fastest distributed storage solutions on the planet.  One question we often get asked is how to build an optimally performing Ceph cluster.  This isn’t always an easy question to answer because it […]

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