The benchmark is the SPECsfs2008 CIFS file access benchmark. There is a similar benchmark for NFS which is much more popular in terms of supplier submissions, with BlueArc, HP, Isilon, NetApp and others reporting results. Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.channelregister.co.uk%2F2010%2F01%2F27%2Femc_cifs_benchmark
5. Optimizing NFS Performance Getting network settings right can improve NFS performance many times over -- a tenfold increase in transfer speeds is not unheard of. The most important things to get right are the rsize and wsize mount options. Other factors listed below may affect people with particular hardware setups.
Hobbit Monitor Welcome to the Hobbit Monitor project homepage. Hobbit is a system for monitoring servers and networks. It takes its inspiration from the Big Brother monitoring system, but unlike Big Brother it is designed to work well whether you need to monitor a small network with just a handful of hosts, or large networks with thousands of servers and network services. Hobbit is the successor to the bbgen toolkit, which has been available as an add-on to Big Brother since late 2002. The name change was decided upon when Hobbit acquired enough functionality to be a stand-alone product. The tools that formed the bbgen toolkit are still present in Hobbit and are quite important for it, so if you have used bbgen before Hobbit will seem quite familiar. What does Hobbit do ?
collectd – The system statistics collection daemon collectd is a daemon which collects system performance statistics periodically and provides mechanisms to store the values in a variety of ways, for example in RRD files. What does collectd do? collectd gathers statistics about the system it is running on and stores this information. Those statistics can then be used to find current performance bottlenecks (i.e. performance analysis) and predict future system load (i.e. capacity planning). Or if you just want pretty graphs of your private server and are fed up with some homegrown solution you're at the right place, too
"There are number of discussions, blogs, and articles comparing Internet SCSI (iSCSI), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and Fibre Channel (FC). Many of them share a common belief that FCoE and FC are better suited as core data center storage area networks (SANs) and that iSCSI is ideal for Tier 2 storage or for SAN deployments in remote or branch office (ROBO) and small and medium business (SMB) environments. That is because iSCSI is characterized as “low-performing,” “lousy,” and “unpredictable.” In this blog I will tackle the misinformation around iSCSI performance as compared to FC and FCoE. I will also compare effective efficiency of the various SAN protocols since efficiency is an aspect of performance."
Last week I moderated a webinar entitled Optimizing Performance for HPC: Part 2 - Interconnect with InfiniBand. It was a great presentation with a lot of practical information and good questions. If you missed it, it will be available for a few months, so you still have a chance to check it out. As part of the webinar, Vallard Benincosa of IBM, mentioned that the speed of light was a becoming an issue in network design. In engineering terms, that is refered to as a hard limit.
"The Fates, through SGI nee Rackable, have granted a new beginning to Silicon Valley's once darling Silicon Graphics. Despite old mistakes and economic misfortunes, Silicon Graphics' engineering contributions are legendary: their systems (oh, the systems!), and software such as the well known OpenGL and the little known Performance Co-Pilot. PCP is an enterprise-class open source system monitoring, measurement, and visualization infrastructure — overlooked in last fall's monitoring tool discussion. Since its proprietary beginning in 1993, PCP has been re-released as open source and ported to all major operating systems. Readers of Slashdot's recent Beginning Python Visualization book review will be pleased to hear there are Python interfaces to PCP data sources. Here is an example of using Python and Blender to visualize PCP data (registration may be required). The PCP dev community is well and active, and includes several of the original team members."