ASP.Net MVC and BarelyMVC performance comparison

So, I was very curious as to how ASP.Net MVC and BarelyMVC stacked up against each other performance wise. So, I did some benchmarking! I believe these numbers are fairly accurate, but I didn't build a dedicated machine for it, so they should be taken with a small grain of salt.

First off, the two test projects can be downloaded here. It's just two bare-bone projects. It's the ASP.Net MVC "welcome to MVC" type template site, and my recreation of that in BarelyMVC using the standard BarelyMVC style.


  • Arch Linux 64-bit (kernel 3.x)
  • 8G of RAM
  • 2 500G harddrives stuck together with RAID-1
  • Mono 2.10.8
  • AMD Pheneom II X-6 (6 cores)
  • Release mode builds with debugging disabled in the web.config
  • Served using Mono's xsp
  • Barebones sample. No database or other I/O
  • Each test was "warmed up" (I loaded a page before beginning the test, to let things compile where needed)
  • ab -n 10000 -c <concurrency> was the command used

And, here are the fancy charts I made:

Requests/second performance measurement

Time/request performance measurement

As you can tell, BarelyMVC blows ASP.Net MVC out of the water! Big things to note are that BarelyMVC can serve a request in just over 1ms in the best case. ASP.Net MVC needs at least 7ms. Also, an interesting thing to note is BarelyMVC's performance with very high concurrency actually stays kinda sane. A 100ms request is bearable. A 300ms is approaching noticeably slow. I also had the concurrency level of 1000 results done, but they made the graph harder to read. Hint: ASP.Net MVC didn't get better (although BarelyMVC started getting a bit insane as well).

Requests per second is known as a fairly useless metric, but I still think it has some use to show how much load a server can handle in massive concurrent usage.

Anyway, if you're considering making something that has to stand a lot of load and you're open to alternative(ie, non-Microsoft) frameworks, you should definitely take a look at BarelyMVC. It's API is fairly stable now and it's quickly approaching beta status. It's raw and to the metal with as little magic as possible.. but thanks to T4 and lamdas, it's still easy to read, write, and debug. (Also BSD licensed! :) )

Posted: 1/18/2013 4:30:51 AM