Linux 3.8 File-System Testing From A SATA 3.0 HDD
Written by Michael Larabel in Storage on 27 February 2013. Page 5 of 5. 7 Comments

For the compile test, Btrfs did the fastest followed by EXT4. Btrfs was more than three times faster than ReiserFS and JFS.

Meanwhile for the initial create scenario within CompileBench, EXT4 managed a lead over Btrfs. XFS was in third while ReiserFS and JFS were multiple times slower.

EXT4 and XFS produced the fastest results for the PostMark benchmark and followed close behind was Btrfs.

When running a PostgreSQL server, JFS was again sporting extremely positive results, but like the other write tests, it appears that JFS is likely not synchronizing all of the data to the disk. In between the other Linux file-systems, EXT4 was the fastest from the Serial ATA hard drive.

The EXT4 vs. Btrfs file-system comparison was more competitive with a Serial ATA 3.0 hard drive compared to recent SSD file-system comparisons. In the end the results were mixed between which Linux file-system was faster depending upon the scenario. The XFS file-system also continues to hold its ground quite well.

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