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EXT3, EXT4, Btrfs Ubuntu Netbook Benchmarks

Michael Larabel

Published on 19 February 2010
Written by Michael Larabel
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With 32 threads of 64MB random writes in the Threaded I/O Tester, Btrfs was many times faster than EXT3 and EXT4, which both had performed at around the same speed.

Under Ubuntu 9.10, the Intel Atom N270 netbook did the best with Btrfs and its numbers even improved with Ubuntu 10.04, but the EXT4 file-system had a much stronger boost that led it to a first place finish.

The performance between EXT3 and EXT4 was close at unpacking the Linux kernel linux-2.6.32.tar.bz2 file, but Btrfs was a bit slower.

More Linux file-system tests are on the way. You can conduct your own as well in your environment using the Phoronix Test Suite.

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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