Solution Performance

FusionSphere* of OpenStack* version is Huawei's commercial release with a built-in HUAWEI Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualization engine based. The workload uses the SysBench tool to benchmark MySQL* performance on FusionSphere; it is I/O and memory bound, but not CPU bound. The software is used in Enterprise private cloud, carrier NFV, and public CSP environments.

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Challenges

  • Memory and I/O bound applications running FusionSphere limit the number of virtual machines that can be instantiated.
  • Being able to support more VM instances on the same hardware drives better utilization of hardware resources, transparent to the user.

Solution
The MySQL with SysBench benchmark running on HUAWEI FusionSphere is I/O and memory bound. Higher memory capacity offered by Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory delivers improved performance by being able to support more VM instances (see chart for performance improvement).1 2 3 4

Value
Better performance at similar cost - Huawei will benefit from improved performance, i.e., being able to have more VM instances per server, at comparable cost, and while meeting SLA targets for both latency and throughput (transactions per second). This also translates to better, more efficient hardware utilization.

Product and Performance Information

1

Performance results are based on testing by Intel and Huawei on 01/11/19 and may not reflect all publicly available security updates. No product or component can be absolutely secure.

2

Huawei FusionSphere 6.3.1* MySQL (5.7.24) SysBench (1.0.6) workload; OS: FusionSphere Hyper-V*, Kernel 3.10.0-514.44.5.10_96.x86_64. Testing by Intel and Huawei completed on Jan 11, 2019. Huawei confirmed security mitigations for Variants 1, 2, 3 and L1TF in place.

BASELINE: 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Platinum processor 8260, 2.3 GHz, 24 cores, turbo, and HT on, BIOS 1.0180, 768GB total memory, 16 slots / 64GB / 2666 MT/s / DDR4 LRDIMM, 1 x 480GB / Intel® SSD Data Center (Intel® SSD DC) S4500 + 3 x 2TB / Intel® SSD DC P4500.

NEW: 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Platinum processor 8260, 2.3 GHz, 24 cores, turbo, and HT on, BIOS 1.0180, 384GB total memory, 12 slots / 32GB / 2666 MT/s / DDR4 LRDIMM and 12 slots/ 128 GB / Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory, 1 x 480GB / Intel® SSD DC S4500 + 3 x 2TB / Intel® SSD DC P4500.

3

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information go to www.intel.com/benchmarks.

4

Performance results are based on testing as of the dates shown in configurations and may not reflect all publicly available security updates. See configuration disclosure for details. No product or component can be absolutely secure.