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Enhanced Performance of SVP3A with Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform E990 and F350 Storage Systems

By Prasenjit Chatterjee posted 12-18-2023 23:14

  

To make sure that the introduction of SVP3A doesn’t degrade the performance of common storage management tasks, we measured the performance of a set of common storage management tasks by using Storage Navigator. This blog illustrates the performance of Storage Navigator running on the new, enhanced SVP3A hardware compared to the performance running on the existing SVP3 hardware.

 

Test Procedure

 

To ensure that there was no performance degradation between SVP3 and SVP3A, we performed a common set of storage management tasks using Storage Navigator on SVP3 and SVP3A with the default configuration and with a modified configuration.

 

Here, default configuration means that nothing was changed on the SVP3 and SVP3A. In the modified configuration, the value of the LSO (Large Send Offload) parameter was changed (set to Disabled from Enabled) on SVP3 and SVP3A before performing any storage management task.

For this performance evaluation test, we used similar conditions across two different SVP versions. We used two different storage system models, VSP E990 and VSP F/G-350, and the storage SVOS version remained the same during the performance evaluation on SVP3 and SVP3A.

 

The test objective was to compare the provisioning time for SVP3 and SVP3A. Operation times include:

 

·        Creating a parity group.

·        Creating basic volumes.

·        Creating, expanding, and deleting DP Pool.

·        Creating and deleting DP-VOLs.

·        Attaching two LUNs to four paths.

·        Refreshing the storage system.

·        Gathering a detailed DUMP.

 

               Data Collection Process:

 

·        Operation times were collected from the Storage Navigator Tasks log.

·        Isolated storage unit was used when the tests were run. Identical environment pools, RAID, and resource groups were used for each test.

·        All tests were repeated five times, and the average run time was calculated. 

 Operational performance between SVP3 and SVP3A with default configuration with VSP E990

 

 

 

SVP Type

SVP3

SVP3A

OS Edition

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC

OS Version

1809

21H2

OS Build

17763.107

19044.2364

Processor

Intel(R) Core (TM) i3-6100U CPU @2.30GHz

Intel(R) Core (TM) i3-6100U CPU @2.30GHz

Installed RAM

8 GB

8 GB

System Type

64-bit operating system, x-64-based processor

64-bit operating system, x-64-based processor

BIOS Version

5.11

5.11

DKC Model

VSP E990

VSP E990

DKC Microcode Version

93-07-21-60/00

93-07-21-60/00

Storage Navigator Version

93-07-21-60/00

93-07-21-60/00

 

 

 

Create a new PG [Raid-5 (4D+1P)], Size=13.75 TB

68.6 seconds

63.8 seconds

-7%

Create basic vols (1TB * 10) on the above PG

148.2 seconds

144 seconds

-3%

Create a new DP Pool [5TB size] on the basic vols

81.6 seconds

82.2 seconds

+1%

Create new DP-VOLs [250 * 128 GB] on the pool

109.4 seconds

105.2 seconds

-4%

Delete the DP-VOLs

86.6 seconds

79.2 seconds

-9%

Attach two LUNs to 4 LUN paths

55 seconds

56.6 seconds

+3%

Expand the DP Pool by 5 TB

60.2 seconds

57.8 seconds

-4%

Refresh the storage system

43 seconds

42.71 seconds

-1%

Delete the DP Pool

65.6 seconds

67.6 secs

+3%

Detail DUMP gathering

1860 seconds

1720 seconds

-8%

Operational performance between SVP3 and SVP3A after disabling the LSO (Large Send Offload) parameter on the SVP with VSP E990

 

 

 

SVP Type

SVP3

SVP3A

OS Edition

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC

OS Version

1809

21H2

OS Build

17763.107

19044.2364

Processor

Intel(R) Core (TM) i3-6100U CPU @2.30GHz

Intel(R) Core (TM) i3-6100U CPU @2.30GHz

Installed RAM

8 GB

8 GB

System Type

64-bit operating system, x-64-based processor

64-bit operating system, x-64-based processor

BIOS Version

5.11

5.11

DKC Model

VSP E990

VSP E990

DKC Microcode Version

93-07-21-60/00

93-07-21-60/00

Storage Navigator Version

93-07-21-60/00

93-07-21-60/00

 

 

 

Create a new PG [Raid-5 (4D+1P)], Size=13.75 TB

67 seconds

64.8 seconds

-3%

Create basic vols (1TB * 10) on the PG

152.6 seconds

140 seconds

-8%

Create a new DP Pool [5TB size] on the basic vols

83.2 seconds

80 seconds

-4%

Create new DP-VOLs [250 * 128 GB] on the pool

112.8 seconds

105.4 seconds

-7%

Delete the DP-VOLs

88.4 seconds

82.8 seconds

-6%

Attach two LUNs to 4 LUN paths

63.8 seconds

52 seconds

-18%

Expand the DP Pool by 5 TB

61.4 seconds

58 seconds

-6%

Refresh the storage system

40.71 seconds

47.38 seconds

+16%

Delete the DP Pool

71.6 seconds

67.2 seconds

-6%

Detail DUMP gathering

1920 seconds

1800 seconds

-6%

Operational performance between SVP3 and SVP3A with default configuration with VSP F350

 

 

 

SVP Type

SVP3

SVP3A

OS Edition

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC

OS Version

1809

21H2

OS Build

17763.107

19044.2364

Processor

Intel(R) Core (TM) i3-6100U CPU @2.30GHz

Intel(R) Core (TM) i3-6100U CPU @2.30GHz

Installed RAM

8 GB

8 GB

System Type

64-bit operating system, x-64-based processor

64-bit operating system, x-64-based processor

BIOS Version

5.11

5.11

DKC Model

VSP F350

VSP F350

DKC Microcode Version

88-08-11-20/00

88-08-11-20/00

Storage Navigator Version

88-08-13-20/00

88-08-13-20/00

 

 

 

Create a new PG [Raid-5 (4D+1P)], Size=8.38 TB

69.2 seconds

64.6 seconds

-7%

Create basic vols (1TB * 8) on the PG

142.4 seconds

146.2 seconds

+3%

Create a new DP Pool [5TB size] on the basic vols

81.2 seconds

79 seconds

-3%

Create new DP-VOLs [250 * 128 GB] on the pool

108.2 seconds

108.4 seconds

0%

Delete the DP-VOLs

90.6 seconds

90.6 seconds

0%

Attach two LUNs to 4 LUN paths

58 seconds

59.6 seconds

+3%

Expand the DP Pool by 3 TB

63.4 seconds

61 seconds

-4%

Refresh the storage system

48 seconds

48.46 seconds

+1%

Delete the DP Pool

65.2 seconds

63 seconds

-3%

Detail DUMP gathering

1560 seconds

1620 seconds

+4%

Operational performance between SVP3 and SVP3A after disabling the LSO (Large Send Offload) parameter on the SVP with VSP F350

 

 

 

SVP Type

SVP3

SVP3A

OS Edition

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC

OS Version

1809

21H2

OS Build

17763.107

19044.2364

Processor

Intel(R) Core (TM) i3-6100U CPU @2.30GHz

Intel(R) Core (TM) i3-6100U CPU @2.30GHz

Installed RAM

8 GB

8 GB

System Type

64-bit operating system, x-64-based processor

64-bit operating system, x-64-based processor

BIOS Version

5.11

5.11

DKC Model

VSP F350

VSP F350

DKC Microcode Version

88-08-11-20/00

88-08-11-20/00

Storage Navigator Version

88-08-13-20/00

88-08-13-20/00

 

 

 

Create a new PG [Raid-5 (4D+1P)], Size=8.38 TB

68.8 seconds

69 seconds

0%

Create basic vols (1TB * 8) on the PG

149 seconds

142.4 seconds

-4%

Create a new DP Pool [5TB size] on the basic vols

83.8 seconds

83.6 seconds

0%

Create new DP-VOLs [250 * 128 GB] on the pool

112.2 seconds

110 seconds

-2%

Delete the DP-VOLs

89.4 seconds

91.2 seconds

+2%

Attach two LUNs to 4 LUN paths

57.2 seconds

52.8 seconds

-8%

Expand the DP Pool by 3 TB

63 seconds

60 seconds

-5%

Refresh the storage system

47 seconds

51 seconds

+9%

Delete the DP Pool

64.4 seconds

65.6 seconds

+2%

Detail DUMP gathering

1907 seconds

1500 seconds

-21%

Summary

 

Performance evaluation tests show no significant performance degradation using SVP3A compared to SVP3. From the results, it is also evident that SVP3A performed better with a high-performance, large-capacity storage system like VSP E990 and can continue to be used across different Hitachi storage systems.

 

Contacts

If you have questions or need additional information, contact: gpse.managementsoftware@hitachivantara.com

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