On Fri, 21 Feb 2003 19:55:11 -0600, Tom Miller staggered into the Black
Sun and said:
>> Given exactly the same spec server, is it possible to say which
>> operating system, NetWare 5.x/6.x or Linux would perform better if I
>> am just concerned with disk reads and NIC throughput?
>> The reason is that I use NetWare as a server to store my images on.
>> I'm just wondering if Linux would be any quicker..?
Disk reads and NIC throughput, eh? These things are most dependent on
the disk controller support your OS has and the quality of its NIC
and general networking modules. I wouldn't expect huge differences
between Netware and Linux on those things. Typically, if you want
better performance for these things, you load the fileserver up with
RAM so disk caching can come into play.
Quote:> Part of the answer to the question would be the following. Is
> Unix/Linux optimized for file-server activities? On the face of it, I
> would say it isn't. I believe the generic Unix/Linux is a time-slice
> type cpu resource allocation.
Optimized for file-server activities or no, lots of people are using
Linux/Unix for that purpose. AFAIK, *every* OS worthy of the name uses
timeslices somehow--it's somewhat difficult to do multitasking
otherwise! About cooperative multitasking, we shall not speak.
Quote:> I strongly suspect that Novells servers use something more adaptable
> than that. So on the face of it, Linux "oughta" be slower for an
> identical process/setup.
Linux, at least, can have the length of its timeslices adjusted through
recompiling the kernel. Of course, the only way to tell which one is
the best is to run some kind of benchmark/real-world test using both
systems on your hardware.
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