1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

EXT4, Btrfs, NILFS2 Performance Benchmarks

Michael Larabel

Published on 29 June 2009
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 7 of 7 - 38 Comments

With NetApp's PostMark benchmark ran through the Phoronix Test Suite, the EXT4 file-system had the most transactions per second followed by Btrfs and then EXT3. The EXT4 file-system had sustained 2777 transactions per second, there was 1785 transactions per second on average with Btrfs, but only 357 transactions per second with NILFS2. While NILFS2 was far behind the other new Linux file-systems, XFS was just behind that with a speed of 344 transactions per second.

Ending out our testing we used BlogBench to simulate the web server load of what would normally be experienced by a server hosting a blog. Btrfs was in first, just behind that was EXT4 followed by EXT3 and then NILFS2, and lastly was XFS.

We are not done with our EXT4 vs. Btrfs vs. NILFS2 file-system testing as we still have to run these new file-systems on a solid state disk, but as it stands right now, EXT4 is in much better shape when it comes to performance compared to Btrfs and NILFS2. However, EXT4 is just an incremental upgrade over EXT3 where as Btrfs and NILFS2 are completely original and their on-disk formats are not necessarily finalized. Additionally, all testing was done on each of the file-systems with their stock mount settings and the default Ubuntu Linux settings. Give it a few more kernel releases and we will likely see better performance out of NILFS2 and Btrfs. While these newer file-systems each have their own set of feature advantages, even XFS and EXT3 performed better than them in a few of the test profiles. Those interested in running their own Linux file-system comparisons can do so using the Phoronix Test Suite.

7
Next Page >>
About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Btrfs On 4 x Intel SSDs In RAID 0/1/5/6/10
  2. AMD Radeon R9 290 On Ubuntu 14.10: RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst
  3. MSI X99S SLI PLUS On Linux
  4. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 With Intel HD Graphics
  2. 6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Radeon Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Driver Comparison
  3. NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers On Ubuntu 14.10
  4. Ubuntu 14.10 Offers AMD Radeon Driver Performance Improvements
Latest Linux News
  1. SIMD For JavaScript Continues Coming Along
  2. GNOME 3.15.1 Released
  3. Red Hat Software Collections 1.2 Adds GCC 4.9, Nginx 1.6
  4. GLAMOR Acceleration Continues To Be Cleaned Up
  5. Russia's Yandex Web Browser Finally Released For Linux
  6. Linux Kernel Finally Being Optimized For SSHDs
  7. GPU Profiling Support Lands In Mozilla Firefox
  8. Kubuntu 15.04 Will Use KDE's Plasma 5 By Default
  9. KDBUS Submitted For Review To The Mainline Linux Kernel
  10. An Intel-Based Ubuntu Touch Tablet Is Planning To Launch Soon
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Is foolish currently develop in machine code, hexadecimal and assembly?
  2. How to get rid of Linux
  3. Reducing The CPU Usage In Mesa To Improve Performance
  4. Help diagnosing problems with a Readon HD 4670 on Mesa 10.3.2-1
  5. Advertisements On Phoronix
  6. nv and xorg.conf under Debian PPC
  7. Looking for a Open-Source AMD experienced Linux mentor
  8. Bad perfomance in gaming