SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 Result

Hitachi Data Systems : Hitachi NAS Platform 3090, powered by BlueArc, Single Server.
SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 = 72884 Ops/Sec (Overall Response Time = 3.33 msec)


7246 1.5
14503 1.7
21765 2.0
29040 2.3
36306 2.8
43593 3.4
50859 3.9
58143 4.9
65504 5.9
72884 9.5
Performance Graph

Product and Test Information

Tested By Hitachi Data Systems
Product Name Hitachi NAS Platform 3090, powered by BlueArc, Single Server.
Hardware Available September 2009
Software Available March 2010
Date Tested April 2010
SFS License Number 276
Licensee Locations Santa Clara, CA, USA

The Hitachi NAS Platform, powered by BlueArc, Models 3080 and 3090 deliver best-in-class performance and scalability, Intelligent File Tiering, Clustered Namespace, greater than 128TB volumes, enterprise search enhancements, and integration with Hitachi Storage and data management products. Hitachi NAS Platform uses a Hybrid Core Architecture that accelerates processing to achieve the industry.s best performance in both throughput and Operations per Sec. Performance, availability and scalability are further enhanced with the ability to grow to up to four nodes per cluster. Hitachi NAS Platform family delivers the highest scalability in the market which enables organizations to consolidate file servers and other NAS devices into fewer nodes and storage arrays for simplified management, improved space efficiency and lower energy consumption. Each Hitachi NAS Platform midrange model, HNAS 3080 and 3090, can scale up to 1PB or 2PB of usable data storage respectively. Both servers support simultaneous 1GbE and 10GbE LAN access, and 4Gbps FC storage connectivity.

Configuration Bill of Materials

Item No Qty Type Vendor Model/Name Description
1 1 Server HDS SX345253.P Hitachi NAS 3090 Base System
2 1 Server HDS SX345205.P System Management Unit (SMU)
3 1 Software HDS SX440029.P Hitachi NAS SW Lic - Entry NC Unix (NFS)
4 1 Disk Controller HDS HDF800-BASE-H.P AMS2500 Chassis w/2 controller 0 ports quad battery
5 8 Cache HDS DF-F800-C4GK.P AMS2000 Series 4GB Cache Module
6 4 FCInterface HDS DF-F800-DKF84.P AMS2300/2500 FC Interface Adapter 4x8Gbps FC Intf
7 11 Disk Expansion HDS DF-F800-RKAK.P AMS2000 SAS/SATA Storage Expansion Tray
8 2 Battery Expansion HDS DF-F800-N1RK.P AMS2000 Battery Box Expansion Unit
9 160 Disk Drive HDS DF-F800-AKH450.P AMS2000 450GB SAS 15K RPM HDD
10 1 Software HDS 043-100431-01.P Storage Navigator Modular 2, AMS 2500 Family

Server Software

OS Name and Version 6.5.1849
Other Software None
Filesystem Software SiliconFS 6.5.1849

Server Tuning

Name Value Description
security-mode UNIX Security mode is native UNIX
cifs_auth off Disable CIFS security authorization
cache-bias small-files Set metadata cache bias to small files
fs-accessed-time off Accessed time management was turned off
shortname off Disable shortname generation for CIFS clients
read-ahead 0 Disable file read-ahead

Server Tuning Notes


Disks and Filesystems

Description Number of Disks Usable Size
450GB SAS 15K RPM Disk Drives (Hitachi DKR2H-K450SS) 160 51.2 TB
160GB SATA 5400 RPM Disk Drives (Hitachi HTE543216L9A300). These two drives are used for storing the core operating system and management logs. No cache or data storage. 2 160.0 GB
Total 162 51.3 TB
Number of Filesystems 8
Total Exported Capacity 51.1TB
Filesystem Type WFS-2
Filesystem Creation Options 4K filesystem block size
dsb-count (dynamic system block) set at 768.
Filesystem Config Each Filesystem was striped across 4 x 4D+1P, RAID-5 LUNs (20 disk drives).
Fileset Size 8481.2 GB

The storage configuration consisted of One Adaptable Modular Storage 2500 storage system (AMS2500) with eleven Expansion units; each expansion unit holding up to 15 drives. There were 160 SAS disk drives used for these tests. . There were 32 LUNs created using RAID5, 4D+1P and formatted using 64KB Stripe Size. The expansion units connect to the AMS2500 controller by eight SAS links at 3Gb/s each. The AMS2500 dual controller storage system has sixteen 4Gbps FC ports connected to the 3090 server via a redundant pair of Brocade 5320 switches. The 3090 server is connected to each Brocade 5320 switch via two 4Gbps FC connections, such that a completely redundant path exists from server to the storage. Hitachi NAS Platform servers have two internal mirrored hard disk drives which are used to store the core operating software and system logs. These drives are not used for cache space or for storing data.

Network Configuration

Item No Network Type Number of Ports Used Notes
1 10 Gigabit Ethernet 2 Integrated 1GbE / 10GbE Ethernet controller

Network Configuration Notes

The two network interfaces from the 3090 server were connected to a Force10 S2410 switch, which provided connectivity to the clients. The interfaces were configured to use default frames (MTU size of 1500 bytes).

Benchmark Network

Each LG has an Intel XF SR10GbE single port PCIe network interface. Each LG connects via a single 10GbE connection to the ports on the Force10 S2410 network switch.

Processing Elements

Item No Qty Type Description Processing Function
1 2 FPGA Altera Stratix III EP3SE260 Storage Interface, Filesystem
2 2 FPGA Altera Stratix III EP3SL340 Network Interface, NFS, Filesystem
3 1 CPU Intel E8400 3.0GHz, Dual Core Management
4 2 CPU Intel Xeon Dual Core AMS2500 Base unit

Processing Element Notes

AMS2500 has dual controllers; each controller is equipped with an Intel Xeon Dual Core CPU and 16GB of Cache memory.


Description Size in GB Number of Instances Total GB Nonvolatile
Server Main Memory 16 1 16 V
Server Filesystem and Storage Cache 14 1 14 V
Server Battery-backed NVRAM 2 1 2 NV
Battery backed AMS2500 Cache 4 8 32 NV
Grand Total Memory Gigabytes     64  

Memory Notes

The 3090 server has 16GB of main memory that is used for the operating system and in support of the FPGA functions. 14GB of memory is dedicated to filesystem metadata and sector caches. A separate, integrated battery-backed NVRAM module on the filesystem board is used to provide stable storage for writes that have not yet been written to disk. The AMS2500 storage system has a total of 32GB of cache across the dual controllers.

Stable Storage

The Hitachi NAS Platform server writes first to the battery based (72 hours) NVRAM internal to the Server. Data from NVRAM is then written to the Storage systems at the earliest opportunity, but always within a few seconds of arrival in the NVRAM. The data from the NAS is first written onto the cache in the AMS2500. The AMS2500 base unit contains four internal cache backup batteries, supports two external battery expansion units and when configured with full cache and batteries, it can preserve data in the cache for up to 96 hours.

System Under Test Configuration Notes

The system under test consisted of a single Hitachi NAS Platform 3090 server, connected to an AMS2500 storage system via two Brocade 5320 FC switches. The AMS2500 storage system consisted of 160 15K RPM SAS drives. All connectivity from the server to the storage was via a 4Gbps switched FC fabric. For these tests, there was a zone created on each FC switch. The Hitachi NAS 3090 server connected to each zone via 2 integrated 4Gbps FC ports (corresponding to 2 H-ports). The AMS2500 storage system was connected to the 2 zones (corresponding to 16 FC ports) providing I/O path from the server to storage. The System Management Unit (SMU) is part of the total system solution, but is used for management purposes only and not active during the test.

Other System Notes


Test Environment Bill of Materials

Item No Qty Vendor Model/Name Description
1 16 Oracle Sun Fire x2200 RHEL 5 clients with 2 x Dual core AMD Opteron 2.6GHz processors, 2GB RAM
2 1 Force10 S2410p Force10 S2410, 24 port 10GbE Switch

Load Generators

LG Type Name LG1
BOM Item # 1
Processor Name AMD Opteron
Processor Speed 2.6 GHz
Number of Processors (chips) 2
Number of Cores/Chip 2
Memory Size 2 GB
Operating System Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 2.6.18-8.e15 kernel
Network Type 1 x Intel XF SR PCIe 10GbE

Load Generator (LG) Configuration

Benchmark Parameters

Network Attached Storage Type NFS V3
Number of Load Generators 16
Number of Processes per LG 56
Biod Max Read Setting 2
Biod Max Write Setting 2
Block Size AUTO

Testbed Configuration

LG No LG Type Network Target Filesystems Notes
46..61 LG1 1 /w/d0, /w/d1.......,/w/d7 None

Load Generator Configuration Notes

All the filesystems were mounted on all the clients, which were connected to the same physical and logical network.

Uniform Access Rule Compliance

Each load generating client hosted 56 processes. The assignment of processes to filesystems and network interfaces were done in such a way that they were uniformly divided across all the filesystems and network paths.

Other Notes


Hitachi NAS Platform, powered by BlueArc and Adaptable Modular Storage are registered trademarks of Hitachi Data Systems, Inc. in the United States, other countries, or both. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners and should be treated as such.

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