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MongoDB Brief

On Bare Metal Ampere Altra Family

MongoDB Performance on Ampere

Ampere® Altra® Max 128-30 Outperforms AMD EPYC 7763 and Intel Xeon “Ice Lake” 8380 Running MongoDB

MongoDB is a popular source-available cross-platform document-oriented NoSQL database program. Its flexible data model enables the storage of unstructured data with full indexing support and replication. According to DB-Engines, MongoDB was the 5th most popular database as of January 2023.

Benchmarking Results

As can be seen in fig.2 below, we observed up to 44% higher performance on Ampere Altra Max compared to Intel 8380 and 10% compared to AMD 7763.

For large-scale cloud deployments, performance/Watt (i.e. energy efficiency) is an important metric in addition to raw performance. Ampere Altra Max processors have 2.1x better performance/Watt under the specified SLA compared on Intel Ice Lake and 1.7x better performance/Watt compared to AMD Milan.

Ampere Altra and Ampere Altra Max are designed to deliver exceptional performance and energy efficiency for cloud native applications like MongoDB. In Ampere’s testing, these processors demonstrated up to 44% higher performance compared to x86 servers while being more than 2x better on energy efficiency. For more information on this workload or other workloads our engineers have been working on, please visit

Fig 1. Throughput (p99 Latency of 2ms)

Fig.1: Ampere Altra Max delivers up to 44% higher TPT vs Intel 8380 and 10% vs AMD 7763.

Fig 2. Performance/Watt

Fig.2: Perf/Watt on Ampere Altra Max is 2.1x better using the spec’d SLA vs Intel Ice Lake and 1.7x better vs AMD Milan.

Benchmarking Configuration

MongoDB tests were performed on bare-metal single socket servers with equivalent memory, networking and storage configurations for each of the platforms shown. The processors tested here are: the Intel Xeon 8380 "Ice Lake", AMD EPYC 7763 "Milan", and Ampere Altra Max M128-30.

4 MongoDB servers were deployed on each test platform and each takes ¼ of the processor resources. These tests used the YCSB framework as a load generator for benchmarking MongoDB. Each test was configured to run for 2 minutes with multiple threads and clients. The MongoDB data and commit log were stored on tmpfs to ensure storage did not become a bottleneck.

CentOS 8.4 (kernel 4.18) with MongoDB 6.0.3 were used on Altra Max. Fedora server 36 (kernel 5.17) with MongoDB 6.0.3 were used in Milan and Ice Lake. For each of the tests, the same client configuration was used to generate requests for MongoDB.

Since it is realistic to measure throughput under a specified Service Level Agreement (SLA), a 99th percentile latency (p.99) of 2 milliseconds was used. This ensures that 99 percent of the requests had a response time of 2 ms in the worst case.

We ran YCSB Workload A, which has a mix of 50% reads and 50% writes, which is typical for a database like MongoDB. The test ran with 5 million records and 5 million operations, with the maximum execution time set to 2 minutes. The appropriate number of clients and threads were used to increase the MongoDB load till the p.99 latency was reached.

YCSB clients issue requests to MongoDB instances and the aggregate throughput of all these instances was used as the primary performance metric with the worst p.99 latency among the YCSB instances noted. The test was run three times and minimal run-to-run variation was observed.

The Yahoo! Cloud Serving Benchmark (YCSB) is a mature open-source framework for evaluating the capabilities of different NoSQL databases in a standardized manner.


Key Benefits

Cloud Native: Designed from the ground up for cloud customers, Ampere Altra and Ampere Altra Max processors are ideal for cloud native usages such as MongoDB.

Scalable: With an innovative scale- out architecture, Ampere Altra and Ampere Altra Max processors have a high core count with compelling single-threaded performance combined with consistent frequency for all cores delivering greater performance at socket level.

Power Efficient: Industry-leading energy efficiency allows Ampere Altra and Ampere Altra Max processors to hit competitive levels of raw performance while consuming much lower power than the competition.

What it Enables

  • Consistent, predictable high performance, especially at high loads
  • Much higher resistance to noisy neighbors in multitenant environments
  • Lower TCO and carbon footprint at a datacenter-level
Ampere - Empowering What’s Next

The Ampere® Altra® and Ampere® Altra® Max processors are complete system-on-chip (SOC) solutions built for cloud native applications. Ampere Altra supports up to 80 cores and Ampere Altra Max supports up to 128 aarch64 cores. In addition to incorporating a large number of high-performance cores, the innovative architecture delivers predictable high performance, linear scaling and high energy efficiency.


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Created At : February 23rd 2023, 6:56:22 am
Last Updated At : May 31st 2023, 10:09:35 pm
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