Greetings from the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2010!  I am a ‘booth monkey’ this week in the Intel Booth demonstrating iSCSI performance on the latest and greatest Intel® processor and Intel® 10 Gigabit Ethernet controller.


A few months ago Ben published a blog about achieving 1 Million IOPS (I/O operations Per Second) over iSCSI using standard component.  Earlier this week Doug published a follow-up blog explaining how this was achieved.


I won’t go into all the details listed in these blogs, I will just quickly state that it was done with the iSCSI initiator using the Intel® Xeon® 5500 Processor series and the Intel® X520-DA 10 Gigabit direct attach Ethernet adapter.


Here’s a photo of the slide we are showing in the booth at MMS:




We have an iSCSI demo running in the Intel booth.  However we are not showing the 1Million IOPS discussed in Ben and Doug’s blogs.  Rather we are showing nearly 1.3 Million IOPS!



How was this ginormous number achieved you may be wondering.  Well, the hardware setup is exactly the way Doug explained it in his blog, with the exception that we have placed the latest and greatest Intel® processors in the server.  We replaced the Intel® Xeon® 5500 Processor series with the Intel® Xeon® 5600 Processor series.


Yup, that is all we did – replaced last year’s Intel® processor with this year’s Intel® processor.  This simple change resulted in a nearly 30% performance increase in IOPS.


We think this is pretty cool, and worth blogging about!