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Linux kernel performance is as good as ever, benchmarks show

Nov 08, 2010, 12:07 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

"Phoronix has published the results of benchmarks performed on 26 Linux kernels dating back five years, from Linux 2.6.12 to a pre-release version of the upcoming Linux 2.6.37. Despite the addition of numerous features over the years, the results show remarkable consistency.

"With last month's release of Linux 2.6.36, the kernel saw a reduction in net lines of code for the first time in years. The kernel received a trimming to address concerns about "bloat" that have been raised in recent years by Linux creator Linus Torvalds.

"Yet despite feature creep in recent years, the Linux kernel's performance has remained remarkably sustained, according to Phoronix. The publication applied a series of benchmarks from its Phoronix Test Suite on 26 kernels ranging from the circa-2005 Linux 2.6.32 to a pre-release version of the upcoming 2.6.37."

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