Multi-threaded concurrent direct IO is slower on EXT filesystems versus raw block devices

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  • Multi-threaded IO utilizing O_DIRECT is slower on EXT2, EXT3, and EXT4 than it is on a block device
  • An example workload such as a restore from a Sybase backup where Sybase is configured to use direct IO is much slower when using an EXT filesystem versus a raw block device
  • The speed difference is as much as 200% slower on a filesystem versus raw block device


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • EXT2
  • EXT3
  • EXT4
  • Multi-threaded concurrent direct IO

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