Category Archives: benchmark

Tuning guide in the wiki

In the light of the recent benchmark discussion, a volunteer imported the tuning man-page into the wiki. Some comments at some places for possible improvements are already made. Please go over there, have a look, and participate please (testing/verification/discussion/improvements/…).

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Progress in CPU architectures

I got access to a Sandy Bridge Xeon server for a while and decided to try some benchmarks on it. Usually, I'd run unixbench from the FreeBSD ports, but - it's old. It is very, very old and the only reason I still use it is convenience. So, having some time, I started my own multiprocessor-friendly benchmark suite. Yup, I could have named it "yet another benchmark suite" since there are so many of them. Unfortunately, most are bad, and I will try to make this one into something reasonable. Anyway, I did a comparison between some Xeons I have access to, out of curiosity.

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Progress in CPU architectures

I got access to a Sandy Bridge Xeon server for a while and decided to try some benchmarks on it. Usually, I'd run unixbench from the FreeBSD ports, but - it's old. It is very, very old and the only reason I still use it is convenience. So, having some time, I started my own multiprocessor-friendly benchmark suite. Yup, I could have named it "yet another benchmark suite" since there are so many of them. Unfortunately, most are bad, and I will try to make this one into something reasonable. Anyway, I did a comparison between some Xeons I have access to, out of curiosity.

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Atom as a web server?

The idea of using a simple, low-profile, low-performance, but also low-cost, low-power consumption and low-maintainance non-mainstream platforms as servers is absolutely nothing new. I have a great fondness for the very idea of using Atom CPUs as servers, and there are already commercial solutions with such a setup available out there. As soon as I can justify using it in a project, I will :)

But for now, I have an Atom-based netbook and I tried seeing what exactly can I expect from such a system in terms of performance.

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