SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 Result

Oracle Corporation : Sun ZFS Storage 7320 Appliance
SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 = 134140 Ops/Sec (Overall Response Time = 1.51 msec)


13316 0.9
26650 1.1
40031 1.4
53505 1.5
66877 1.5
80791 1.6
94472 1.7
107873 2.0
121160 2.2
134140 2.5
Performance Graph

Product and Test Information

Tested By Oracle Corporation
Product Name Sun ZFS Storage 7320 Appliance
Hardware Available May 2012
Software Available May 2012
Date Tested Feb 2012
SFS License Number 6
Licensee Locations Broomfield, CO USA

The Sun ZFS Storage 7320 appliance offers enterprise NAS capabilities with industry-leading Oracle integration and storage efficiency in a small, affordable, high-availability configuration. Its simplified set up and management combine with industry-leading storage analytics to make it the ideal solution for departments, small enterprises, and application-specific deployments in large data centers. The Sun ZFS Storage 7320 is Oracle's mid-range NAS storage appliance - it serves as a balance point between the high performance Sun ZFS Storage 7420 and the Sun ZFS Storage 7120.

Configuration Bill of Materials

Item No Qty Type Vendor Model/Name Description
1 2 Storage Controller Oracle 7320 Sun ZFS Storage 7320 Storage Controller
2 2 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Oracle Sun PCI-E Dual 10GbE Fiber Dual port 10Gb Ethernet adapter
3 4 Short Wave Pluggable Transceiver Oracle 10Gbps Short Wave Pluggable Transceiver (SFP+) Short Wave Pluggable Transceiver
4 2 Disk Drive w/Shelf Oracle J4410 SAS 20x300GB 15K,HDD
5 4 Disk Drive w/Shelf Oracle J4410 SAS 24x300GB 15K,HDD
6 8 SSD Drive Oracle 512GB Solid State Drive SATA-2 SSD Read Flash Accelerator 512GB
7 8 SSD Drive Oracle SAS-2 73GB 3.5-inch SSD Write Flash Accelerator SSD Write Flash Accelerator 73GB

Server Software

OS Name and Version 2011.1.1
Other Software None
Filesystem Software ZFS

Server Tuning

Name Value Description
atime off Disable atime updates (all filesystems)
nfsd 1000 Maximum # of server threads

Server Tuning Notes


Disks and Filesystems

Description Number of Disks Usable Size
300GB SAS 15K RPM Disk Drives 136 37.1 TB
Total 136 37.1 TB
Number of Filesystems 32
Total Exported Capacity 36.96 TB
Filesystem Type ZFS
Filesystem Creation Options default
Filesystem Config 32 ZFS filesystems
Fileset Size 15587.3 GB

The storage configuration consists of 6 shelves, 4 with 24 disk drives, 2 with 20 disk drives and 4 write flash devices. Each controller head has 4 read flash accelerators. Each controller is configured to use 68 disk drives, 4 write flash accelerator devices and 4 read flash accelerator devices. The controller is then set up with pools by dividing the disk drives, write flash accelerators and read flash accelerators into 4 pools. Each of the controller's pools is configured with 17 disk drives, 1 write flash accelerator and 1 read flash accelerator. The pools are then set up to stripe the data (RAID0) across all 17 drives. The write flash accelerator in each pool is used for the ZFS Intent Log (ZIL) and the read flash accelerator is used as a level 2 cache (L2ARC) for the pool. All pools are configured with 4 ZFS filesystems each. Since each controller is configured with 4 pools and each pool contains 4 ZFS filesystem, in total each controller has 16 ZFS filesystems. The SUT has 32 ZFS filesystems for the benchmark.

Network Configuration

Item No Network Type Number of Ports Used Notes
1 10 Gigabit Ethernet 2 Single port is used on each controller's Dual port 10 Gigabit Ethernet cards, using Jumbo Frames

Network Configuration Notes


Benchmark Network

Each controller was configured to use a single port of a dual port 10GbE network adapter for the benchmark network. All of the 10GbE network ports on both the load generators controllers were connected to the Arista 7124SX switch that provided connectivity.

Processing Elements

Item No Qty Type Description Processing Function
1 4 CPU 2.4GHz 4-core Intel Xeon(tm) Processor E5620 NFS, ZFS

Processing Element Notes

Each Sun ZFS Storage 7320 appliance controller contains two physical processors, each with 4 processing cores.


Description Size in GB Number of Instances Total GB Nonvolatile
7320 controller memory 144 2 288 V
SSD 73GB SAS-2 Write Flash Accelerator 73 8 584 NV
SSD 512GB SATA-2 Read Flash Accelerator 512 8 4096 NV
Grand Total Memory Gigabytes     4968  

Memory Notes

The Sun ZFS Storage 7320 appliance controllers' main memory is used for the Adaptive Replacement Cache (ARC) the data cache and operating system memory. A separate device, a write flash accelerator is used for the ZFS Intent Log (ZIL). The read flash accelerator is dedicated storage used also to hold cached data and is called the Level 2 Adaptive Replacement Cache (L2ARC).

Stable Storage

The Stable Storage requirement is guaranteed by the ZFS Intent Log (ZIL) which logs writes and other filesystem changing transactions to either a write flash accelerator or a disk drive. Writes and other filesystem changing transactions are not acknowledged until the data is written to stable storage. Since this is an active-active cluster high availability system, in the event of a controller failing or power loss, the other active controller can take over for the failed controller. Since the write flash accelerators or disk drives are located in the disk shelves and can be accessed via the 2 backend SAS channels from both controllers, the remaining active controller can complete any outstanding transactions using the ZIL.

System Under Test Configuration Notes

The system under test is a Sun ZFS Storage 7320 appliance cluster set up in an active-active configuration.

Other System Notes


Test Environment Bill of Materials

Item No Qty Vendor Model/Name Description
1 3 Oracle Sun Fire X4270 M2 Sun Fire X4270 M2 with 12GB RAM and Oracle Solaris 10 8/11
2 1 Arista 7124SX Arista 7124SX 24-port 10Gb Ethernet switch

Load Generators

LG Type Name LG1
BOM Item # 1
Processor Name Intel Xeon(tm) E5620
Processor Speed 2.4 GHz
Number of Processors (chips) 2
Number of Cores/Chip 4
Memory Size 12 GB
Operating System Oracle Solaris 10 8/11
Network Type 10Gb Ethernet

Load Generator (LG) Configuration

Benchmark Parameters

Network Attached Storage Type NFS V3
Number of Load Generators 3
Number of Processes per LG 112
Biod Max Read Setting 2
Biod Max Write Setting 2
Block Size AUTO

Testbed Configuration

LG No LG Type Network Target Filesystems Notes
1..3 LG1 1 /export/sfs-1../export/sfs-32 None

Load Generator Configuration Notes

Filesystems were mounted on all clients and all were connected to the same physical and logical network.

Uniform Access Rule Compliance

Every client used 112 processes. The assignment of client processes to filesystems and network interfaces was done so that they were evenly divided amongst all filesystems and network paths to the 7320 controllers. The filesystems data was evenly distributed on the backend.

Other Notes

Other Test Notes: None

Config Diagrams

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