Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
The performance of HPC storage systems depend upon a variety of factors. The results of using any of the standard benchmark suites for storage depends not only on the storage architecture, but also on the type of disk drives, type and design of the interconnect, and the type and number of clients. In addition, each of the benchmark suites have a number of different parameters and test methodologies that require careful analysis to determine the optimal settings for a successful benchmark run. To reliably benchmark a storage solution, every stage of the solution needs to be analyzed including block and file performance of the RAID, network and client throughput to the entire file system and meta data servers.