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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - Benchmarking All The Linux File-Systems

Michael Larabel

Published on 16 March 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
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The initial create process for Compile Bench was the fastest with EXT3/EXT4 followed by XFS. ReiserFS was even faster than Btrfs in this test. EXT4 was about 23% faster than Btrfs.

For the Flexible IO Tester, Btrfs was by far the slowest file-system while EXT4 came in as the fastest. While not as bad as Btrfs, the XFS file-system was also noticeably slower than the rest of the friendly Linux file-system competition.

Overall, the EXT4 file-system performed very well in this latest round of Linux file-system benchmarks. Again, this was testing each file-system as the root file-system upon performing clean installations of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with its default Linux 3.2-based kernel. These results are also just focused upon a single-disk SSD-based Intel Sandy Bridge system, as common to Linux desktop enthusiasts, where as some of these file-systems and tests are better suited towards multi-disk workstations or traditional hard drives. For what it's worth though, EXT4 was ahead in the majority of the tests. This article also ignores the features of the different file-systems, where as Btrfs is more advanced than EXT4 with its various transparent compression options, copy-on-write snapshots, etc. Stay tuned for more benchmark results, including when testing each of the Btrfs mount options on Ubuntu 12.04.

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 .
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