Sequential Disk IO Tests for GBps Land Speed Record

Peter Kukol, Jim Gray

MSR-TR-2004-62 |

Moving data from CERN to Pasadena at a gigabyte per second using the next generation Internet requires good networking and good disk IO. Ten Gbps Ethernet and OC192 links are in place, so now it is simply a matter of programming. This report describes our preliminary work and measurements in configuring the disk subsystem for this effort. Using 24 SATA disks at each endpoint we are able to locally read and write an NTFS volume that is striped across 24 disks at 1.2 GBps. A 32-disk stripe delivers 1.7 GBps. Experiments on higher performance and higher-capacity systems deliver up to 3.5 GBps.