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Measuring Linux and Open Source

Jun 25, 2007, 19:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"For something as objective as measuring, say, processor I/O, one would expect the answer to be very clear-cut and well defined. You have processor A, you have a certain job to perform in X amount of time, and you have a stopwatch (metaphorically speaking). Go. The process of measuring what seems to be such a straightforward process, however, is no easy task.

"As Linux continues to move into the enterprise data center, its power and speed are often touted as being stronger and faster compared to other operating systems. But how much faster? And what numbers are used to determine its performance? These are questions that many inside the Linux community are trying to answer, as they explore the various ways and means of measuring computer performance.

"One decades-old organization has already explored the paths of computer measurement, and is hoping to lend Linux the benefits of the trails it has already blazed..."

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