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I realise that my question isn't strictly 'database' but I know that a lot of DBA's will use the SQLIO tool to check I/O performance on their systems so I'm hoping that somebody here will be able to answer this question:

When I run SQLIO the 3rd line of output says something like:

using system counter for latency timings, 14318180 counts per second

What does that mean? I get different values on different systems, and because I'm comparing different systems I would like to know what that number is telling me (if anything).

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It's an informational message, which can be ignored.

This is just the conversion factor between the timer mechanism the program uses internally and actual, real time. See this for a bit of background.

The per-second metrics that the program outputs are the ones you want to focus on. Have a look at this blog post for a tutorial on how to use SQLIO and interpret its output.

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Thanks, I was hoping that I could ignore it - there's enough stuff for me to be thinking about with the rest of the information!! :-) – paulH Aug 9 '13 at 16:04
@JonSeigel Added the links in the comments. Thanks ! – Kin Aug 9 '13 at 16:36

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