About Our Name

The world of storage benchmarking is currently divided into two, equally unrealistic camps. One group insists on perfection maintaining that the only way to meaningfully test a storage system is with the actual applications it will face in real life. The other is stuck in the past testing storage systems with workloads that shed valuable light on the storage systems of the ‘90s but are essentially useless for storage systems that use flash and/or data deduplication.

As I started thinking about building a better set of storage benchmarks that emulated real applications without introducing the complexity of application benchmarks or SPC-1 that can take months to complete I was inspired by The Tale of The Piranha Brothers, a skit on Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Our inspiration comes from this section:

Doug and Dinsdale Piranha were born, on probation,… Doug was born in February 1929 and Dinsdale two weeks later; and again a week after that

When the Piranhas left school they were called up but were found by an Army Board to be too unstable even for National Service. Denied the opportunity to use their talents in the service of their country, they. …began to operate what they called ‘The Operation’… They would select a victim and then threaten to beat him up if he paid the so-called protection money. Four months later they started another operation which the called ‘The Other Operation’. In this racket they selected another victim and threatened not to beat him up if he didn’t pay them. One month later they hit upon ‘The Other Other Operation’. In this the victim was threatened that if he didn’t pay them, they would beat him up. This for the Piranha brothers was the turning point.

 While our name is inspired by the Piranha brothers unlike Dinsdale; we’re pretty sure we’re not being followed by a giant hedgehog, though we have adopted Spiny Norman as our totem.

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