Metrics and Performance Testing

See Using Block Volumes Service Metrics to Calculate Block Volume Throughput and IOPS for a walkthrough of a performance testing scenario with FIO that shows how you can use Block Volume metrics to determine the performance characteristics of your block volume.

For more information about FIO command samples you can use for performance testing see Sample FIO Commands for Block Volume Performance Tests on Linux-based Instances.

Testing Methodology and Performance for Balanced Elastic Performance Option

Caution

  • Before running any tests, protect your data by making a backup of your data and operating system environment to prevent any data loss.
  • Do not run FIO tests directly against a device that is already in use, such as /dev/sdX. If it is in use as a formatted disk and there is data on it, running FIO with a write workload (readwrite, randrw, write, trimwrite) will overwrite the data on the disk, and cause data corruption. Run FIO only on unformatted raw devices that are not in use.

This section describes the setup of the test environments, the methodology, and the observed performance for the Balanced elastic performance configuration option. Some of the sample volume sizes tested were:

  • 50 GB volume - 3,000 IOPS @ 4K

  • 1 TB volume - 25,000 IOPS @ 4K

  • Host maximum, Ashburn (IAD) region, twenty 1 TB volumes - 400,000 IOPS @ 4K

These tests used a wide range of volume sizes and the most common read and write patterns and were generated with the Gartner Cloud Harmony test suite. To show the throughput performance limits, 256k or larger block sizes should be used. For most environments, 4K, 8K, or 16K blocks are common depending on the application workload, and these are used specifically for IOPS measurements.

In the observed performance images in this section, the X axis represents the volume size tested, ranging from 4KB to 1MB. The Y axis represents the IOPS delivered. The Z axis represents the read/write mix tested, ranging from 100% read to 100% write.

Note

Performance Notes for Instance Types

  • The throughput performance results are for bare metal instances. Throughput performance on VM instances is dependent on the network bandwidth that is available to the instance, and further limited by that bandwidth for the volume. For details about the network bandwidth available for VM shapes, see the Network Bandwidth column in the VM Shapes table.

  • IOPS performance is independent of the instance type or shape, so is applicable to all bare metal and VM shapes, for iSCSI attached volumes.

1 TB Block Volume

A 1 TB volume was mounted to a bare metal instance running in the Phoenix region. The instance shape was dense, workload was direct I/O with 10GB working set. The following command was run for the Gartner Cloud Harmony test suite:

~/block-storage/run.sh --nopurge --noprecondition --fio_direct\=1 --fio_size=10g --target /dev/sdb --test iops --skip_blocksize 512b

The results showed that for 1 TB, the bandwidth limit for the larger block size test occurs at 320MBS.

The following images show the observed performance for 1 TB:

Observed performance chart, 1 TB volume size

Observed performance slope, 1 TB volume size

50 GB Block Volume

A 50 GB volume was mounted to a bare metal instance running in the Phoenix region. The instance shape was dense, workload was direct I/O with 10GB working set. The following command was run for the Gartner Cloud Harmony test suite:

~/block-storage/run.sh --nopurge --noprecondition --fio_direct=1 --fio_size=10g --target /dev/sdb --test iops --skip_blocksize 512b

The results showed that for the 50 GB volume, the bandwidth limit is confirmed as 24,000 KBPS for the larger block size tests (256 KB or larger block sizes), and the maximum of 3,000 IOPS at 4K block size is delivered. For small volumes, a 4K block size is common.

The following images show the observed performance for 50 GB:

Observed performance chart, 50 GB volume size

Observed performance slope, 50 GB volume size

Host Maximum

Depending on the instance shape, a single instance with multiple attached volumes can achieve performance of up to 700,000 IOPS when the elastic performance settings for the attached volumes are set to balanced or higher performance.

To test performance, run the following command for the Gartner Cloud Harmony test suite using thirty 800 GB higher performance volumes:

sudo ./run.sh --savefio --nopurge --noprecondition --nozerofill --nosecureerase --notrim -v --fio_direct=1 --fio_size=10g --target /dev/sdy,/dev/sdf,/dev/sdab,/dev/sdo,/dev/sdw,/dev/sdd,/dev/sdm,/dev/sdu,/dev/sdb,/dev/sdk,/dev/sds,/dev/sdi,/dev/sdq,/dev/sdae,/dev/sdz,/dev/sdg,/dev/sdac,/dev/sdx,/dev/sde,/dev/sdaa,/dev/sdn,/dev/sdv,/dev/sdc,/dev/sdl,/dev/sdt,/dev/sdj,/dev/sdr,/dev/sdh,/dev/sdp,/dev/sdad --test iops --skip_blocksize 512b&

The following images show the observed performance:

Observed performance chart, thirty 800 GB volume size

Observed performance slope, thirty 800 GB volume size