1. Testverse – A universe goes live

For the upcoming storage performance tests for docker, MySQL, etc. I build a decent test machine. This box will be called Testverse (Test Universe). Please no comments about the cables 🙂


But why do I use universe in the name?

I learned years ago (feels like ages) that the first step when forming sentential logic statements is to the define your universe. That means a statement can be true or false depending on the environment (universe).


  • Statement I am saying right now: “I am drunken.”  which is not true.
  • but the same statement at a Saturday evening with friends at a bar maybe true.

So it is important for performance tuning/analysis/testing to clearly define how and in which environment you are testing. If you do so, others are able to repeat the same tests or can compare it to similar environments. This helps to prove your statements or to prove you are wrong. Even if others prove that you are wrong, its good, because then your are able to improve or correct your statement. Remember the 8PP 1.2.

The table is based on Ubuntu 14.04.2 server which will be the OS if not mentioned separately in other posts.

Testverse Hardware

Chieftec Smart CH-09B-BMidi Tower---
ASUS P9X79 PROSocket 2011 with X79 Chipset4801
(4701 before 14.09.2015)
-Intel SpeedStep On
HT - On
Intel VT - On
Intel VT-d On
Intel Core i7-3820 Bx4 Cores @3,6Ghz--OC - Off
Turbo mode - on
64GB-Kit Corsair XMS38 x 8GB Modules--DRAM at 1347Mhz
EVGA GeForce GTX 650cheap GPU , not really needed---
Samsung 840 SSD 128GB128 GB SSD at SATA 3.1 - 6 Gb/sDXT09B0Qtest drive
smart On
Samsung 840 SSD 128GB128 GB SSD at SATA 3.1- 6 Gb/sDXT09B0QOS drive
Sandisk/Fusion-IO PX-600 1000PCIe Flash card drive
Samsung EcoGreen F4 HD204UI at SATA 2.6 - 3 Gb/s1AQ10001test drive
Brocade CNA 10202 x 10 Gbit/s Ethernet Adapter3.2.5bna - x 10Gbe mainly for cluster interconnection
Intel® 82579V, 1 x Gbit/s (Onboard)1 x 1Gbit/s Ethernet 0.13-4e1000e - 2.3.2-kmanagement interface
be quiet! SYSTEM POWER 7600W power supply-
-hope 600W will be enough



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