OSU Open Source Lab wanted to take the concept of benchmarking a little bit further with the Beaver Challenge 2004. In this competition they will be allowing a community of experts in each OS to tweak their configurations to ensure maximum performance.
When doing research for my evaluation of Solaris 9 on my Ultra 5, I kept running into one comment over and over again: Sun's C compiler produces much faster code than GCC does. However, I couldn't find one set of benchmarks to back this up. (If you know of any, drop me an email.) Could this be yet another case of rumor-taken-as-fact?
When running tests, installing operating systems, and compiling software for my Ultra 5, I came to the stunning realization that hey, this system is 64-bit, and all of the operating systems I installed on this Ultra 5 (can) run in 64-bit mode.
Thomas Bruckschlegel extended the language benchmarks from our previous article with some other benchmarks. Check it out here. Bascule did so too.
Sun has really shifted gears lately with regards to Solaris, SPARC, and x86. For many years, Sun seemed to relegate Solaris x86 to the status of red-headed stepchild, undeserving of attention, nurturing, and support. It furthered this perception when in January of 2002, Sun announced it would not release Solaris 9, the newest upcoming Solaris operating system, on the x86 platform. Solaris 9 was to be a (more lucrative) SPARC-only platform release.
These benchmarks are the result of a scalable network programming research. The interest in this area is to see how scalable and fast network applications can be on standard PC hardware. Linux 2.4/2.6 is compared to BSDs. Read the accompanied PDF paper here.
BareFeats has compiled the results of a comparative test utilizing Cinebenc, the best cross-platform benchmarking application the market has to offer.It is interesting to see how the MP 2GHz Opteron and Intel Xeon 3.06 GHz MT compared against the MP 2GHz G5. Here is also a previous benchmark session at Barefeats which was updated recently.
"Apple Power Macs did well on Photoshop, but the 64-bit AMD-based systems won handily on most tests", says PCWorld.
Heres a snip from the Gentoo weekly newsletter: Jose Alberto Suarez Lopez gave a presentation at HispaLinux 2003 where he demonstrated the load-time performance of the official Gentoo Linux 1.4 release. Gentoo Linux 1.4 for Pentium III, with and without prelink, were compared with a default Mandrake 9.1 installation on a Pentium III. The results - Gentoo Linux 1.4 with prelink did better than Mandrake 9.1 across the board, and even without prelinking Mozilla loaded nearly twice as quickly in Gentoo, and NetBeans loaded more than twice as fast.
Here's a review of SciTech's new SNAP Graphics 2.0 for GNU/Linux. It's a hassle-free video driver program for X that gets excellent 2D performance. When SciTech implements hardware 3D rendering it's going to revolutionize XFree86 Linux drivers. Read the review for the benchmarks and details.
The benchmark at Barefeats -- Power Mac G4 and G5 versus Pentium 4, Dual Xeon, and Dual Athlon -- has being updated to include new information and tests.
Here is a small benchmark test, testing various filesystems. Elsewhere, 10.3 Panther is tested on an iMac G3 600 Mhz and --except the reduced OpenGL performance (possibly because of changes in the QuartzExtreme that this iMac does not support with its ATi Rage Pro card)-- it is showing to be overall faster than 10.2 according to the XBench test suite. Update: More benchmarks. HP released new server speed-test results Wednesday that for the first time compare its version of Unix with Windows on the company's top-end Itanium server--and Unix came out ahead.
Bare Feats has some interesting benchmarks to show: Fastest G5 so far to the fastest G4 MP. G5 is much faster on memory operations, but not all operations are faster than the G4. Bare Feats says that until developers optimize their code for the G5, users won't see G5 being speedier than G4 on all tests. Same thing happens with all new CPUs though, including the P4s which included a new instruction set and developers had to compile for it in order to take advantage of what it really had to offer.
Frank Schoondermark has posted an overview of compiler performance with the FLOPS benchmark. FLOPS is a synthetic benchmark to measure floating-point performance in isolation. According to the test, the best compiler for full Pentium4/SSE2 optimizations is by far Intel's ICC 7.1.
ATI Technologies admits cheating the drivers to achieve higher 3DMark03 score, while ExtremeTech's exhaustive testing of both nVidia and ATI 3D hardware with the newest version of 3DMark2003 confirms Futuremark's findings of unfair optimizations by both companies.
HP hoisted its Superdome-Itanium-Windows combination to the top of the premier OLTP scalability benchmark on Tuesday, about a month after originally gaining the top spot and little more than a week after IBM displaced the combo with a system based on its own AIX/RISC/DB2 stack. Also, Microsoft gained ground on its database rivals in 2002, despite a decline in sales for the market as a whole, according to research published Wednesday by Gartner Dataquest.
Everyone loves benchmarks, so here is your daily dose: NVidia has just released the (pricey) GeForce FX 5900 and pretty much regained the speed crown from ATi (possibly until the upcoming .13 ATi card comes out). Nvidia benchmarks here, here, here, here and here.
Adobe put a page up (named 'pcpreferred.html') stating that the PC is preffered to run Adobe products. Adobe, along with Quark and Macromedia, are the long standing allies to Apple, offering the most important products that literally drive Mac sales in the Pro market. For historical reasons mostly, it is now of surprise to see Adobe openly verifying and backing up Digital Producer Magazine's benchmarks and recommending PCs instead of Macs to their customers (even if PCs have indeed overtake Macs speed-wise the last 1-2 years). This is a blow for Apple, sales and marketing-wise and we will wait for a reaction from Apple towards Adobe.
From MacNN: Rob Galbraith has posted an article on digital file transfers, comparing an Alienware Laptop, a discontinued Dell Desktop and a MDD Dual 1.25GHz PowerMac in RAW photo and Photoshop batch processing. The article concludes that the Windows machines beat the Mac in virtually all of the benchmarks:
"We preview nVidia’s latest 3D wunderkind and handicap the inevitable battle with ATI. World exclusive benchmarks! Brought to you by Maximum PC." Read the article at Maximum PC.