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VLS LTO compression slows down throughput by 60%

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JonT_1
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VLS LTO compression slows down throughput by 60%

I have been trying to improve DP5.5 backup speed to a VLS6840 with LTO-3 emulation.

Using LTT 4.1sr1 I can get 143MB/s to an LTO drive with compression disabled, but only 58MB/s with compression enabled.

(Block size is 64k, LTT compression is tested at 2:1, host is Windows 2k3.

A 60% degradation with VLS compression turned on is NOT what I expected - any ideas?
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Kevin Collins_11
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Re: VLS LTO compression slows down throughput by 60%

Hi,

The software compression implementation does in fact reduce the performance of the device, independent of which emulation is being used. That is a tradeoff of using software compression to achieve higher capacities in the device.

Regards,

Kevin
JonT_1
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Re: VLS LTO compression slows down throughput by 60%

Thanks Kevin - I understand that compression doesn't come free, but I expected maybe 10% or so, after all compression is a standard technique. 60% reduction on a single write stream seems excessive - could this be a bug?