[stgt] [Scst-devel] [ANNOUNCE]: Comparison of features sets between different SCSI targets (SCST, STGT, IET, LIO)

Bart Van Assche bart.vanassche at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 22:27:36 CEST 2009

On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 8:27 PM, Tomasz Chmielewski <mangoo at wpkg.org> wrote:
> Note that crypt performance for SCST was worse than that of STGT for large
> read-ahead values.
> Also, SCST performance on crypt device was more or less the same with 256
> and 16384 readahead values. I wonder why performance didn't increase here
> while increasing readahead values? Could anyone recheck if it's the same on
> some other system?

I have repeated the test for the non-encrypted case. Setup details:
* target: kernel, 64-bit, Intel E8400 CPU @ 3 GHz, 4 GB RAM,
two ST3250410AS disks, with /dev/md3 set up in RAID-1 with a stripe
size of 32 KB, local reading speed of /dev/md3: 120 MB/s, I/O
scheduler: CFQ.
* initiator: kernel, 64-bit, Intel E6750 CPU @ 2.66 GHz, 2 GB RAM.
* network: 1 Gbit/s Ethernet, two systems connected back to back via a
crossed cable.

Each test was repeated four times. Before each test the target caches
were dropped via the command "sync; echo 3 >
/proc/sys/vm/drop_caches". The following test has been run on the

sync; echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches; dd if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/null
bs=64K count=100000

Results with read-ahead set to 256 on the initiator, in MB/s:

STGT 56.7 +/- 0.3
SCST 56.9 +/- 1.1

Results with read-ahead set to 16384 on the initiator, in MB/s:

STGT 59.9 +/- 0.1
SCST 59.5 +/- 0.0

Or: slightly better results with the larger read-ahead value, and a
performance difference well below 1% between the STGT and SCST
performance results.

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