SysAdmin: Which OS is Fastest for High Performance Network Applications?Jun 14, 2001, 19:37 (46 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeffrey B. Rothman, John Buckman)
[ Thanks to Alberto for this link. ]
Everyone loves a benchmarking story, and SysAdmin ventures in with a four-way shootout between Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD and Win2k. The focus of the comparison is "high performance network applications," involving three tests: a real-world e-mail processing series, a file system test, and an application architecture test. We'll spoil the surprise and note that Linux wins.
"In this article, we compare Linux, Solaris (for Intel), FreeBSD, and Windows 2000 to determine which operating system (OS) runs high-performance network applications the fastest. We will describe which software designs to look for from your network software vendor, explaining how each design yields different performance characteristics, and determine which OS platform is best suited for each common network programming design. We present our OS benchmarks with both simulated and real-world tests, then evaluate the results.We now hand the story over to our readers for appropriate qualifications, quibbles, and insights.