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From Patrick McCormack <pnmccorm...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: Google Terasort Benchmark
Date Sat, 22 Nov 2008 14:07:05 GMT

I reckon it's all about spindles - I took a quick look at the pretty detailed hardware config
that Owen released with the Hadoop benchmark and it was run on nodes with 4 Sata drives -
the Google blog hints at 12 disks per node (the number of disks/nodes was only given for their
1Pb experiement). Google got 3 times performance increase with 3 times the number of disks.


From: Tom White <tom.e.white@gmail.com>
To: core-user@hadoop.apache.org; core-dev@hadoop.apache.org
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2008 1:26:25 AM
Subject: Google Terasort Benchmark

>From the Google Blog,

"We are excited to announce we were able to sort 1TB (stored on the
Google File System as 10 billion 100-byte records in uncompressed text
files) on 1,000 computers in 68 seconds. By comparison, the previous
1TB sorting record [using Hadoop] is 209 seconds on 910 computers."

Something for the Hadoop community to aim for: a threefold performance increase.


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