XFS / EXT4 / Btrfs / F2FS / NILFS2 Performance On Linux 5.8

Written by Michael Larabel in Storage on 3 July 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT. Page 2 of 4. 69 Comments.

When looking at the application startup time for LibreOffice, GNOME Terminal, and xterm with various I/O background happening, the Flash Friendly File-System (F2FS) tended to yield the quickest startup times. XFS also tended to perform well along with the seldom mentioned NILFS2. EXT4 and Btrfs tended to be the slowest by far for start-up times with these particular tests.

When running one copy of the SQLite embedded database library, the XFS file-system had a slim lead over NILFS2 and F2FS while EXT4 was the slowest on this Linux 5.8 testing.

When running eight current copies of the SQLite embedded database benchmark, Btrfs surprisingly jumped to first place followed by XFS. NILFS2 meanwhile regressed to last place.

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