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Linux 2.6.24 Through Linux 2.6.33 Benchmarks

Mar 02, 2010, 03:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

[ Thanks to Michael Larabel for this link. ]

"At Phoronix we have been benchmarking the Linux kernel on a daily basis using Phoromatic Tracker, a sub-component of Phoromatic and the Phoronix Test Suite. We launched our first system in the Linux kernel testing farm just prior to the Linux 2.6.33 kernel development cycle and found a number of notable regressions during the past three months. Now with the Linux 2.6.34 kernel development cycle getting into swing, we have added an additional two systems to our daily kernel benchmarking farm. One of the systems is an Atom Z520 system but what makes it more interesting is that the system is using a Btrfs file-system and then the second new system added to the kernel tracker is a 64-bit setup. However, to provide a historical look at the Linux kernel performance, we have ran some fresh benchmarks going back to the Linux 2.6.24 kernel and ending with the recently released Linux 2.6.33 kernel.

"Our test system for this historical Linux kernel benchmarking was made up of an AMD Opteron 2384 Shanghai Quad-Core processor, a Tyan Thunder n3600B S2927 motherboard with NVIDIA nForce 3600PRO Chipset, 4GB of ECC Registered DDR2 system memory, a 300GB Seagate ST3300622AS Serial ATA hard drive, and an ATI FirePro V8700 graphics card. This AMD workstation was running Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS (x86_64) with the GNOME 2.22.3 desktop, X.Org Server 1.4.0.90, GCC 4.2.4, and an EXT3 file-system. For each of the Linux 2.6.24 through 2.6.33 kernels we obtained the 64-bit Linux kernels from the Ubuntu mainline PPA. Besides swapping out the kernels, the system was left in its stock configuration during all of the testing."

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