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EXT4, F2FS File-System Performance On Linux 3.12

Linux Kernel

Published on 11 September 2013 10:27 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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In this article are some preview performance benchmarks of the EXT4 and F2FS file-systems on the Linux 3.12 kernel that's still in early stages of development.

Of the many new features for Linux 3.12, EXT4 has aggressive extent caching and other notable changes. Samsung's Flash-Friendly File-System (F2FS) meanwhile also has small features and performance improvements.

Proper tests of the Linux file-system improvements in 3.12 will come once the kernel is close to being stabilized, but as an early performance preview, here are some benchmarks of EXT4 and F2FS from Linux 3.11 and Linux 3.12 Git 20130910 from the System76 Gazelle Pro laptop. The laptop was tested with its Intel Core i7 4900MQ CPU and Intel 520 Series 120GB SSD.

The stock mount options for EXT4 and F2FS were used throughout testing. While the EXT4 and F2FS changes in Linux 3.12 are only evolutionary, in a few tests we were able to see some change in performance. To explore these early Linux 3.12 file-system benchmark results, on OpenBenchmarking.org visit 1309118-SO-LINUX312F51.


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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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