Ramnode Openstack VPS Benchmark

Today Ramnode released the long awaited OpenStack management platform.

Here is the official announcement.

We are excited to announce that our OpenStack Cloud is now available! You can sign up through our newly redesigned website, add at least $3 in Cloud Credit , and log into the Cloud Control Panel to launch a new instance!

KVM is available in all US locations, with NL expected next week.

What’s New?

There are several new features available through the Cloud Control Panel:

  • Image / ISO uploads
  • Snapshots / backups
  • Cloud-config with cloud-init user-data
  • Private networking
  • Security groups
  • OpenStack API

In addition to these features, cloud services are billed hourly with the option to prepay for cloud credit or pay for what you use with a credit card on file. Hourly prices are listed on our website, as well as the prices for image storage and bandwidth overages.

Known Issues

The new panel has a few known issues that we are working to fix soon. We will update this article as we go. Please contact us via support ticket if you spot something else.

What’s Next?

We plan to offer the following options/features at some point in the next few months:

  • Container plans
  • Kubernetes
  • Object storage

We intended to launch LXC alongside KVM, but the driver we were working with was unfortunately retired. We are re-evaluating our container options (LXC, OpenVZ, etc.) with the goal of being able to offer something ASAP.

Existing VPS

Existing VPSs are not directly impacted by the launch of our new cloud service. You do not have to make any changes regarding your current VPSs. Your service will continue as it is. We have disabled new orders on SolusVM, but our SolusVM host nodes will run alongside OpenStack indefinitely.

We indicated a while back that existing VPSs would be migrated to OpenStack; however, after spending a lot of time on it, we decided to leave things in place to avoid massive headaches for everyone. Migrations would have involved unpredictable amounts of downtime, a variety of networking problems, billing issues for old coupons/annual payments, etc. We also determined that several popular OpenVZ features would not directly translate to LXC. You are of course welcome to create new cloud instances to replace your existing VPSs, but the systems and services are completely separate.

On a related note, we do have a few things in the works for existing VPSs. We will be migrating our OpenVZ nodes to OpenVZ 7 starting in the next month or so. We are also working on an emergency backup system that will allow you to restore VPS data upon request.

Other Notes

  • Cloud instances come with 1 IPv6 address. You can open a ticket for more.
  • The monthly price is the same between SolusVM and Cloud KVM plans, with cloud plans being billed hourly. Plan specs are identical other than IPv6 assignment.
  • Cloud plans have a different naming convention than SolusVM plans:
    • SKVM (Cloud) = SKVMS (SolusVM) - not to be confused with our retired SKVM-E3 plans
    • PKVM (Cloud) = NKVM (SolusVM)
    • VDS (Cloud) = SVDS (SolusVM)

We will be updating our Knowledgebase to reflect these changes over the next few days. We realize documentation on the new system is lacking and plan to add more ASAP.

As always, we welcome your feedback! Feel free to contact us via support ticket or our IRC channel.

This has been a long, long time in the works. The folks over at Ramnode first shared screenshots of the panel way back in March o f 2019 in this tweet

So, what does all this mean for us, the consumers of the Ramnode services? Well, let’s kick the tires and see how it performs.
Insert squealing brakes here. There does not seem to be a way to actually order the product. After logging into WHMCS as a registered customer, I can add “Cloud” to the shopping cart, but there is nothing available to actually order.

After clicking on order now, we are brought to the checkout screen, with what appears to be a zero dollar item.

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It was not until I placed the zero dollar order that I got an email from Ramnode with the URL to the cloud control panel. For those who don’t want to go through the same hassle as me, here is the direct URL.

https://cloud.ramnode.com

I suspect as this is a whole new backend, that this was the reason for needing to create a zero dollar order. I had some Ramnode credit in my account, however when I logged into the cloud control panel, none of my credit was available to me. GRR. I logged a ticket with the Ramnode billing department at 5:14pm local time, and they responded with the solution at 5:15. One minute response time. Here is what they suggested which worked. Not intuitive, but it worked.

Hello,

You can just create an add cloud credit invoice from our cloud panel or client area and pay the invoice in WHMCS from your available balance.

So - onto what we came here for, let’s create a VPS and benchmark the environment.
The first thing I needed to to was to create an instance, choose my size, location, type and give it a name.

I chose Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu and the NYC datacenter.

Here is how things looked once I had selected all of the options for my instance.

For benchmark purposes, we are working with 2vCPU and GB RAM backed up by a 20GB SSD. Let the benchmarks begin!

Let’s first start with bench.sh

Benchmark 1. I actually hat to CTRL+C this one, as it seemed to hang when doing an IPV6 network speed test to an overseas location. Not a big deal, as most users will still be relying on IPv4.


CPU model : AMD EPYC Processor (with IBPB)
Number of cores : 2
CPU frequency : 2099.998 MHz
Total size of Disk : 20.1 GB (1.2 GB Used)
Total amount of Mem : 985 MB (96 MB Used)
Total amount of Swap : 0 MB (0 MB Used)
System uptime : 0 days, 0 hour 3 min
Load average : 0.03, 0.09, 0.04
OS : Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS
Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel : 4.15.0-54-generic

I/O speed(1st run) : 965 MB/s
I/O speed(2nd run) : 943 MB/s
I/O speed(3rd run) : 1.0 GB/s
Average I/O speed : 977.3 MB/s

Node Name IPv4 address Download Speed
CacheFly 205.234.175.175 109MB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP 106.187.96.148 13.9MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG 139.162.23.4 5.85MB/s
Linode, London, UK 176.58.107.39 18.3MB/s
Linode, Frankfurt, DE 139.162.130.8 25.3MB/s
Linode, Fremont, CA 50.116.14.9 16.0MB/s
Softlayer, Dallas, TX 173.192.68.18 33.4MB/s
Softlayer, Seattle, WA 67.228.112.250 19.7MB/s
Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 159.122.69.4 16.3MB/s
Softlayer, Singapore, SG 119.81.28.170 6.91MB/s
Softlayer, HongKong, CN 119.81.130.170 7.18MB/s

Node Name IPv6 address Download Speed
Linode, Atlanta, GA 2600:3c02::4b 85.3MB/s
Linode, Dallas, TX 2600:3c00::4b 20.9MB/s
Linode, Newark, NJ 2600:3c03::4b 105MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG 2400:8901::4b 5.28MB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP 2400:8900::4b 9.83MB/s
Softlayer, San Jose, CA 2607:f0d0:2601:2a::4 19.9MB/s

Second run of the suite once again got hung on an IPv6 speedtest.


CPU model : AMD EPYC Processor (with IBPB)
Number of cores : 2
CPU frequency : 2099.998 MHz
Total size of Disk : 20.1 GB (1.8 GB Used)
Total amount of Mem : 985 MB (99 MB Used)
Total amount of Swap : 0 MB (0 MB Used)
System uptime : 0 days, 0 hour 28 min
Load average : 1.23, 0.78, 0.45
OS : Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS
Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel : 4.15.0-54-generic

I/O speed(1st run) : 1.1 GB/s
I/O speed(2nd run) : 1.0 GB/s
I/O speed(3rd run) : 918 MB/s
Average I/O speed : 1022.8 MB/s

Node Name IPv4 address Download Speed
CacheFly 205.234.175.175 41.7MB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP 106.187.96.148 14.1MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG 139.162.23.4 6.32MB/s
Linode, London, UK 176.58.107.39 20.6MB/s
Linode, Frankfurt, DE 139.162.130.8 25.8MB/s
Linode, Fremont, CA 50.116.14.9 20.6MB/s
Softlayer, Dallas, TX 173.192.68.18 35.1MB/s
Softlayer, Seattle, WA 67.228.112.250 19.2MB/s
Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 159.122.69.4 17.1MB/s
Softlayer, Singapore, SG 119.81.28.170 6.52MB/s
Softlayer, HongKong, CN 119.81.130.170 7.40MB/s

Node Name IPv6 address Download Speed
Linode, Atlanta, GA 2600:3c02::4b 79.1MB/s
Linode, Dallas, TX 2600:3c00::4b 19.6MB/s
Linode, Newark, NJ 2600:3c03::4b 104MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG 2400:8901::4b 4.40MB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP 2400:8900::4b 10.6MB/s
Softlayer, San Jose, CA 2607:f0d0:2601:2a::4 20.2MB/s

Let’s do one more for good measure.


CPU model : AMD EPYC Processor (with IBPB)
Number of cores : 2
CPU frequency : 2099.998 MHz
Total size of Disk : 20.1 GB (1.8 GB Used)
Total amount of Mem : 985 MB (99 MB Used)
Total amount of Swap : 0 MB (0 MB Used)
System uptime : 0 days, 0 hour 31 min
Load average : 0.14, 0.50, 0.40
OS : Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS
Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel : 4.15.0-54-generic

I/O speed(1st run) : 1.0 GB/s
I/O speed(2nd run) : 1.0 GB/s
I/O speed(3rd run) : 887 MB/s
Average I/O speed : 978.3 MB/s

Node Name IPv4 address Download Speed
CacheFly 205.234.175.175 110MB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP 106.187.96.148 13.2MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG 139.162.23.4 6.75MB/s
Linode, London, UK 176.58.107.39 16.4MB/s
Linode, Frankfurt, DE 139.162.130.8 26.5MB/s
Linode, Fremont, CA 50.116.14.9 17.0MB/s
Softlayer, Dallas, TX 173.192.68.18 37.7MB/s
Softlayer, Seattle, WA 67.228.112.250 19.8MB/s
Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 159.122.69.4 16.1MB/s
Softlayer, Singapore, SG 119.81.28.170 6.85MB/s
Softlayer, HongKong, CN 119.81.130.170 7.87MB/s

Node Name IPv6 address Download Speed
Linode, Atlanta, GA 2600:3c02::4b 75.9MB/s
Linode, Dallas, TX 2600:3c00::4b 44.7MB/s
Linode, Newark, NJ 2600:3c03::4b 105MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG 2400:8901::4b 5.97MB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP 2400:8900::4b 10.7MB/s
Softlayer, San Jose, CA 2607:f0d0:2601:2a::4 19.7MB/s

This is the first VPS that I have benchmarked that is now using AMD EPYC processors. The disk IO speed is insane for a shared node, however we need to keep in mind that this is day one of the Ramnode Openstack deployment, so I am sure that I am one of the only users on this particular node. Also of note for the bench.sh benchmark, is that IPV6 is enabled by default - this is a good thing. What is not so great is the IPV6 performance between the Ramnode NYC datacenter and the

The clock speed of the EPYC CPU is slow, but that should not really be an issue. Let’s let Geekbench decide how well it performs. So onwards!

https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/13949433

Single-Core Score Multi-Core Score
3090 4994
Geekbench 4.3.3 Tryout for Linux x86 (64-bit)

Result Information

Upload Date July 18 2019 09:44 PM
Views 1

System Information

System Information
Operating System Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS 4.15.0-54-generic x86_64
Model OpenStack Foundation OpenStack Nova
Motherboard N/A
Memory 985 MB
BIOS SeaBIOS 1.10.2-1ubuntu1
Processor Information
Name AMD EPYC (with IBPB)
Topology 2 Processors, 2 Cores
Identifier AuthenticAMD Family 23 Model 1 Stepping 2
Base Frequency 2.10 GHz
L1 Instruction Cache 64.0 KB x 1
L1 Data Cache 64.0 KB x 1
L2 Cache 512 KB x 1
L3 Cache 16.0 MB x 1

Single-Core Performance

Single-Core Score 3090
Crypto Score 3575
Integer Score 3112
Floating Point Score 2838
Memory Score 3296
AES 3575
2.69 GB/sec
LZMA 2871
4.49 MB/sec
JPEG 3332
26.8 Mpixels/sec
Canny 3318
46.0 Mpixels/sec
Lua 2401
2.47 MB/sec
Dijkstra 3757
2.54 MTE/sec
SQLite 2905
80.5 Krows/sec
HTML5 Parse 2789
12.7 MB/sec
HTML5 DOM 2918
2.64 MElements/sec
Histogram Equalization 2472
77.2 Mpixels/sec
PDF Rendering 3341
88.8 Mpixels/sec
LLVM 5018
345.1 functions/sec
Camera 2946
8.17 images/sec
SGEMM 1558
33.0 Gflops
SFFT 2572
6.41 Gflops
N-Body Physics 2772
2.07 Mpairs/sec
Ray Tracing 2456
358.7 Kpixels/sec
Rigid Body Physics 3500
10246.7 FPS
HDR 4179
15.2 Mpixels/sec
Gaussian Blur 3631
63.6 Mpixels/sec
Speech Recognition 2856
24.4 Words/sec
Face Detection 2891
844.6 Ksubwindows/sec
Memory Copy 2659
7.37 GB/sec
Memory Latency 3709
116.7 ns
Memory Bandwidth 3631
19.4 GB/sec

Multi-Core Performance

Multi-Core Score 4994
Crypto Score 6674
Integer Score 5717
Floating Point Score 5095
Memory Score 2793
AES 6674
5.03 GB/sec
LZMA 4931
7.70 MB/sec
JPEG 6339
51.0 Mpixels/sec
Canny 5434
75.4 Mpixels/sec
Lua 4527
4.65 MB/sec
Dijkstra 5913
4.00 MTE/sec
SQLite 5353
148.4 Krows/sec
HTML5 Parse 5201
23.6 MB/sec
HTML5 DOM 5653
5.12 MElements/sec
Histogram Equalization 4810
150.3 Mpixels/sec
PDF Rendering 6216
165.2 Mpixels/sec
LLVM 9841
676.7 functions/sec
Camera 5799
16.1 images/sec
SGEMM 2898
61.3 Gflops
SFFT 3918
9.77 Gflops
N-Body Physics 5388
4.02 Mpairs/sec
Ray Tracing 3524
514.7 Kpixels/sec
Rigid Body Physics 6280
18385.3 FPS
HDR 7707
27.9 Mpixels/sec
Gaussian Blur 6992
122.5 Mpixels/sec
Speech Recognition 5233
44.8 Words/sec
Face Detection 6063
1.77 Msubwindows/sec
Memory Copy 3338
9.25 GB/sec
Memory Latency 1791
241.7 ns
Memory Bandwidth 3647
19.5 GB/sec

Round TWO! BENCH!

https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/13949460

Single-Core Score Multi-Core Score
2991 5123
Geekbench 4.3.3 Tryout for Linux x86 (64-bit)

Result Information

Upload Date July 18 2019 09:48 PM
Views 1

System Information

System Information
Operating System Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS 4.15.0-54-generic x86_64
Model OpenStack Foundation OpenStack Nova
Motherboard N/A
Memory 985 MB
BIOS SeaBIOS 1.10.2-1ubuntu1
Processor Information
Name AMD EPYC (with IBPB)
Topology 2 Processors, 2 Cores
Identifier AuthenticAMD Family 23 Model 1 Stepping 2
Base Frequency 2.10 GHz
L1 Instruction Cache 64.0 KB x 1
L1 Data Cache 64.0 KB x 1
L2 Cache 512 KB x 1
L3 Cache 16.0 MB x 1

Single-Core Performance

Single-Core Score 2991
Crypto Score 3588
Integer Score 3009
Floating Point Score 2926
Memory Score 2898
AES 3588
2.70 GB/sec
LZMA 2787
4.35 MB/sec
JPEG 3196
25.7 Mpixels/sec
Canny 3181
44.1 Mpixels/sec
Lua 2312
2.38 MB/sec
Dijkstra 3406
2.31 MTE/sec
SQLite 2681
74.4 Krows/sec
HTML5 Parse 2593
11.8 MB/sec
HTML5 DOM 2947
2.67 MElements/sec
Histogram Equalization 2485
77.7 Mpixels/sec
PDF Rendering 3315
88.1 Mpixels/sec
LLVM 5003
344.0 functions/sec
Camera 2934
8.14 images/sec
SGEMM 1571
33.2 Gflops
SFFT 2255
5.62 Gflops
N-Body Physics 3135
2.34 Mpairs/sec
Ray Tracing 2703
394.7 Kpixels/sec
Rigid Body Physics 3489
10214.9 FPS
HDR 4335
15.7 Mpixels/sec
Gaussian Blur 4033
70.7 Mpixels/sec
Speech Recognition 2973
25.4 Words/sec
Face Detection 2893
845.2 Ksubwindows/sec
Memory Copy 2565
7.11 GB/sec
Memory Latency 2891
149.8 ns
Memory Bandwidth 3284
17.5 GB/sec

Multi-Core Performance

Multi-Core Score 5123
Crypto Score 6748
Integer Score 5835
Floating Point Score 5215
Memory Score 2975
AES 6748
5.08 GB/sec
LZMA 5111
7.98 MB/sec
JPEG 6439
51.8 Mpixels/sec
Canny 6052
83.9 Mpixels/sec
Lua 4649
4.78 MB/sec
Dijkstra 5674
3.84 MTE/sec
SQLite 5398
149.7 Krows/sec
HTML5 Parse 5211
23.7 MB/sec
HTML5 DOM 5699
5.16 MElements/sec
Histogram Equalization 4724
147.6 Mpixels/sec
PDF Rendering 6572
174.6 Mpixels/sec
LLVM 10056
691.4 functions/sec
Camera 5936
16.5 images/sec
SGEMM 3041
64.3 Gflops
SFFT 4377
10.9 Gflops
N-Body Physics 4945
3.69 Mpairs/sec
Ray Tracing 3723
543.7 Kpixels/sec
Rigid Body Physics 6473
18950.5 FPS
HDR 7587
27.5 Mpixels/sec
Gaussian Blur 7472
130.9 Mpixels/sec
Speech Recognition 5479
46.9 Words/sec
Face Detection 5800
1.69 Msubwindows/sec
Memory Copy 3912
10.8 GB/sec
Memory Latency 1773
244.2 ns
Memory Bandwidth 3799
20.3 GB/sec

Final round of benchmarking from Geekbench coming up.

https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/13949493

Single-Core Score Multi-Core Score
2971 5161
Geekbench 4.3.3 Tryout for Linux x86 (64-bit)

Result Information

Upload Date July 18 2019 09:52 PM
Views 1

System Information

System Information
Operating System Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS 4.15.0-54-generic x86_64
Model OpenStack Foundation OpenStack Nova
Motherboard N/A
Memory 985 MB
BIOS SeaBIOS 1.10.2-1ubuntu1
Processor Information
Name AMD EPYC (with IBPB)
Topology 2 Processors, 2 Cores
Identifier AuthenticAMD Family 23 Model 1 Stepping 2
Base Frequency 2.10 GHz
L1 Instruction Cache 64.0 KB x 1
L1 Data Cache 64.0 KB x 1
L2 Cache 512 KB x 1
L3 Cache 16.0 MB x 1

Single-Core Performance

Single-Core Score 2971
Crypto Score 3709
Integer Score 2943
Floating Point Score 2652
Memory Score 3328
AES 3709
2.79 GB/sec
LZMA 2532
3.96 MB/sec
JPEG 3099
24.9 Mpixels/sec
Canny 2909
40.3 Mpixels/sec
Lua 2302
2.37 MB/sec
Dijkstra 3294
2.23 MTE/sec
SQLite 2673
74.1 Krows/sec
HTML5 Parse 2604
11.8 MB/sec
HTML5 DOM 2953
2.68 MElements/sec
Histogram Equalization 2470
77.2 Mpixels/sec
PDF Rendering 3284
87.3 Mpixels/sec
LLVM 4984
342.7 functions/sec
Camera 2938
8.15 images/sec
SGEMM 1538
32.5 Gflops
SFFT 2029
5.06 Gflops
N-Body Physics 2350
1.76 Mpairs/sec
Ray Tracing 2544
371.5 Kpixels/sec
Rigid Body Physics 3466
10147.0 FPS
HDR 3882
14.1 Mpixels/sec
Gaussian Blur 3432
60.1 Mpixels/sec
Speech Recognition 2891
24.7 Words/sec
Face Detection 2612
763.1 Ksubwindows/sec
Memory Copy 2565
7.11 GB/sec
Memory Latency 4531
95.5 ns
Memory Bandwidth 3174
17.0 GB/sec

Multi-Core Performance

Multi-Core Score 5161
Crypto Score 6458
Integer Score 5795
Floating Point Score 5298
Memory Score 3203
AES 6458
4.86 GB/sec
LZMA 5134
8.02 MB/sec
JPEG 6320
50.9 Mpixels/sec
Canny 5680
78.8 Mpixels/sec
Lua 4595
4.72 MB/sec
Dijkstra 6270
4.24 MTE/sec
SQLite 5351
148.3 Krows/sec
HTML5 Parse 5241
23.8 MB/sec
HTML5 DOM 5550
5.03 MElements/sec
Histogram Equalization 4964
155.1 Mpixels/sec
PDF Rendering 6260
166.3 Mpixels/sec
LLVM 9805
674.2 functions/sec
Camera 5702
15.8 images/sec
SGEMM 3087
65.3 Gflops
SFFT 4271
10.6 Gflops
N-Body Physics 5968
4.46 Mpairs/sec
Ray Tracing 3967
579.3 Kpixels/sec
Rigid Body Physics 6199
18148.5 FPS
HDR 7613
27.6 Mpixels/sec
Gaussian Blur 6871
120.4 Mpixels/sec
Speech Recognition 5301
45.4 Words/sec
Face Detection 6135
1.79 Msubwindows/sec
Memory Copy 3922
10.9 GB/sec
Memory Latency 1737
249.2 ns
Memory Bandwidth 4824
25.8 GB/sec

For those of you interested in raw network performance, we have the speedtest-cli benchmarks next. Here are three of them taken at random times today.



Not the best networking performance that I have seen from a VPS, but it certainly serviceable.

To conclude - there is nothing earth shattering about the new Ramnode offering from a performance perspective, however what do you get now on the Openstack platform makes it worth a second look.

  • Image / ISO uploads
  • Snapshots / backups
  • Cloud-config with cloud-init user-data
  • Private networking
  • Security groups
  • OpenStack API

I for one have been bugging Ramnode for while to implement private networking, and it is now here! All of the openstack features, plus what I believe to be some of the best support in the industry makes it pretty compelling compared to the the other players in this pay per hour space. (looking at you Digital Ocean and Vultr).