Linux 4.16 File-System HDD & SSD Tests With EXT4/F2FS/Btrfs/XFS

Written by Michael Larabel in Storage on 26 March 2018. Page 3 of 3. 21 Comments

The BlogBench test profile simulating a real-world busy web server saw the best write performance with EXT4 and on the SSD was followed closely behind with F2FS while Btrfs and XFS were notably slower in this workload.

With Dbench, XFS came out as the fastest on the SSD while Btrfs ran the fastest on the hard drive.

EXT4 and F2FS were running the fastest with CompileBench followed by XFS and then Btrfs a great deal behind, at least with its stock mount options.

For those more interested in modern Linux I/O storage potential, later this week will be reference results -- including RAID0 and RAID1 configurations -- of dual Samsung 960 EVO NVMe 500GB SSD results. If you are evaluating Linux file-system options, of course, there is more to consider than just the raw performance results but the features of each file-system, the reliability and maturity of each file-system, etc.

If you want to compare your own system(s) performance against the SSD and HDD results in this article, simply install the Phoronix Test Suite and run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1803264-FO-LINUX416F11.

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