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From Jonathan Williamson <>
Subject Why are reads from CouchDB so slow? (1.5MB/s or thereabouts)
Date Fri, 23 Mar 2012 08:31:20 GMT
Hi everyone,

I posted this question on Stack Overflow and Jason Smith suggested I
try this group instead.

> I have a CouchDB (1.1.1) server running that contains a lot of documents in the 400-600KB
size range.
> If I time fetching a full document from the database (not from a view, just the raw document)
it takes 200-400ms to complete which equates to around 1.5MB/s throughput.
> If I write the same data to raw files on disk they load in 10-20ms (around 25-50 MB/s).
> I'd expect CouchDB to have some overhead, but an order of magnitude (and some) seems
crazy for what is essentially a read!
> Can anyone shed some light onto why this might be the case?
> Update: As requested below, a timing from curl:
> # time curl http://localhost:5984/[dbname]/[documentname]
> real    0m0.684s
> user    0m0.004s
> sys     0m0.020s
> The fetched document was 642842 bytes. I've tested it on both a standard 1TB harddisk
and an EC2 instance (EBS volume) with similar results.

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