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Thread: Benchmarks Of ZFS-FUSE On Linux Against EXT4, Btrfs

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    Quote Originally Posted by curaga View Post
    @topic: So fuse about halfs the performance compared to native, and uses a ton of cpu. Did that surprise anyone?
    Shockingly, yes.
    Quote Originally Posted by droidhacker View Post
    In addition, they make some SERIOUS claims against the viability of a fuse-based filesystem that are, quite frankly, FALSE. Yes, the zfs-fuse filesystem can be slow... on OLD KERNELS. The limitations that these problems are created by have been solved. zfs-fuse, when correctly configured, gives near-platter performance levels!

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    Quote Originally Posted by curaga View Post
    @topic: So fuse about halfs the performance compared to native, and uses a ton of cpu. Did that surprise anyone?
    Nope, it's what I observe everyday when I use ntfs partition.

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    In my own usage I've noticed that ntfs-3g takes about 6x the time to mount compared to the kernel ntfs driver.

    Luckily mount times are only relevant on boot, and nobody serious runs linux on ntfs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrnils View Post
    So say that the rsnapshot takes 30 minutes to run, does it guarantee that the last file to be transfered hasn't been altered?
    What's your business case for a transfer that is going to take 30 minutes but yet may have been altered from when you started? If you're looking to back up something like a transactional database making copies of open files is not the way to be going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrnils View Post
    While interesting to see how the different FSes performs, there is so much more to it than speed, imho.

    Like the fact that ext4 will loose your data ( it has done, no one will trust it for another 5 years ). And btrfs is still a bit raw, but has potential. Still needs a few years worth of enterprise usage to be considered trustworthy.

    It's amazing that linux has so many filesystems to choose from, but not one really good choise

    How about this test for a more "real world" example:

    Given /some/dir to be backed up at regular intervals, how much work is involved to do that for the different FSes? To spicy things up, the backup has to be of the state of that dir at exactly 1pm.
    ext4 + lvm2 on top of your raid configuration of choice and you are done sir.
    and this way protects you also from the screw ups of the filesystem itself.

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    Making EXT4 a COW filesystem would have been seriously stupid.

    The whole point of EXT4 was to make incremental changes on top of EXT3 - changing to a COW system would have required a rewrite from the ground up. Which is exactly the point of BTRFS.

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    Okay, so why are not Ext4 and btrfs being tested through FUSE too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyatt View Post
    Okay, so why are not Ext4 and btrfs being tested through FUSE too?
    Because they don't have FUSE implementations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealNC View Post
    Because they don't have FUSE implementations.
    Ah, I see. For some reason I was given the impression that you can use FUSE with pretty much any FS and never bothered to verify (I don't exactly have any use for it). It just seemed like a quick way to "level the playing field".

    Learned something new.

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    Michael, thanks for the tests. While I still don't think these are really "benchmarks", they certainly provide interesting real-world data, which is what we want, after all. Very good job overall; it must have taken significant effort to get these tests to run as well as they did.

    I'll echo others' concerns that the tests are still being run on a single disk configuration, meaning that it is probably not informative for those who are seriously considering btrfs or zfs for server use. But for desktop users, these tests are indeed meaningful.

    I like seeing ext4 being the performance leader almost always, and this is a good justification for using it on desktops. The filesystem-related data loss rates on ext4 are down low enough these days on 2.6.34+ that most desktop users can use it and get the performance benefit. Hopefully said desktop users don't keep any really important data on their computer without backing it up somewhere, like their email or a thumb drive -- 95%+ of desktop computers don't run a redundant RAID array, so that means you are always vulnerable to hardware failure, let alone software failure. So backup backup backup, etc., and then use your awesome ext4 performance to get your work done.

    I do wish ext4 were COW and supported snapshots, but I have a feeling that would also kill some of the places where its performance excels. You can't have it all. Or, who knows, maybe Ted will come out with ext5 that combines all the advantages of ext4 with COW and snapshotting....

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