KernelTrap: Andrew Morton on 2.5’s Performance Improvements

“In a reply on lkml to Aaron Lehmann’s praising of the contest
results of the latest 2.5-mm kernel Andrew Morton explains some of
the important performance and design differences between the 2.4
stable series and the 2.5 development series accompanied by
illustrating benchmarks.

“Most significant gains can be expected at the high end such as
large machines, large numbers of threads, large disks, large
amounts of memory etc. […] For the uniprocessors and small
servers, there will be significant gains in some corner cases. And
some losses. […] Generally, 2.6 should be ‘nicer to use’ on the
desktop. But not appreciably faster…”


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