With the number of netbooks on the market continuing to increase each month and more of these mobile devices switching to solid-state drives for their reliability, extended battery life, and faster performance, SSDs are becoming quite common and finding themselves meeting many Linux hosts. How though does the real-world performance differ between hard disk drives and solid-state drives on Linux? We have run several tests atop Ubuntu on a Samsung netbook with a HDD and SSD. In addition, we have also looked at the encryption performance using both types of drives.
With OpenSolaris maturing nicely, I would love to see some SSD and ZFS benchmarks. I think, among other things, the ability to set the recordsize of the ZFS system to match the native block size of a SSD will give ZFS a major advantage over other file systems using SSD.