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    Phoronix: Amazon EC2 Micro: Barely Faster Than A Nokia N900?

    In December we published our first set of Amazon EC2 benchmarks for their Elastic Compute Cloud using Ubuntu EC2 and the different instances that were compatible. Now though we are in the process of carrying out a new set of benchmarks from Amazon's cloud that not only contains more tests, but using the official Amazon Linux AMI we tested nearly every instance type. Except what is missing are the results for the "micro" (the t1.micro API name) instance. Why? It is simply too slow and irregular.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=15598

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    and 6.2x faster than the Fedora KVM
    I think you mean slower.

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    • #3
      Hmm, well it does clearly indicate some of the limiting factor of smart phones...

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      • #4
        Grr wrong thread:

        Why does everyone seem so surprised by the results?

        You get what you pay for, if you were running a hog of a program on a mainframe the work load balancer would severally cut your share of resources if you were a low priority user

        The exact same is happening here

        The varying results are entirely based on the current load of the instance it's running on and I don't think other users of that instance will be happy if a simple web app has poor responsiveness purely because a reviewer is hammering the system with mostly pointless benchmarks

        I could understand reviewing the paid for instances where Michael would be prooving is you're getting bang for buck but this clearly isn't the case

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        • #5
          Originally posted by phoronix View Post
          Phoronix: Amazon EC2 Micro: Barely Faster Than A Nokia N900?

          In December we published our first set of Amazon EC2 benchmarks for their Elastic Compute Cloud using Ubuntu EC2 and the different instances that were compatible. Now though we are in the process of carrying out a new set of benchmarks from Amazon's cloud that not only contains more tests, but using the official Amazon Linux AMI we tested nearly every instance type. Except what is missing are the results for the "micro" (the t1.micro API name) instance. Why? It is simply too slow and irregular.

          http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=15598
          N900+Maemo!

          Yay!

          Thanks for that nice review!

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          • #6
            so does that mean i should set-up my n900 as a cloud server

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            • #7
              Benchmarks that run over 15 seconds on t1.micro instances likely not valid

              Since it has been shown that the t1.micro instances throttle the cpu dramatically after 15 seconds, it would be hard to benchmark using any test that runs over 15 seconds. And I'm not sure how long it takes to go back to unthrottled speeds either.

              Reference:
              http://blog.documentcloud.org/blog/2...cro-instances/

              The micro instanceís CPU is reasonably fast while bursting, but when the burst runs out then the rate limit is pretty brutal. The rate limited speed is roughly 1/3 of the burst speed that you get for the first 15 seconds.

              A simple test, showing compute power per second with some sleep in-between runs to allow the rate-limiterís bucket to refill:

              #!/usr/bin/perl
              my $firsttime = my $time = time;

              for(my $x = 0; time-$firsttime < 30; $x++) {
              if($time != time) {
              printf "%2d %d\n", time-$firsttime, $x;
              $x = 0;
              $time = time;
              }
              }

              # sleep 300; ./throttleme.pl; sleep 300; ./throttleme.pl
              1 3050483
              2 4499169
              3 4351002
              4 4480768
              5 4491703
              6 4495259
              7 4502143
              8 4494198
              9 4174903
              10 4097267
              11 4259348
              12 4370439
              13 4216742
              14 4379620
              15 4499622
              16 448604
              17 132731
              19 133197
              20 132758
              22 132523
              23 129993
              24 127614
              25 133869
              27 132596
              28 133385
              1 3637552
              2 4357062
              3 4086175
              4 4352176
              5 4357643
              6 4044038
              7 4353554
              8 4356628
              9 51296
              10 129492
              12 128712
              13 126456
              15 129196
              16 125337
              18 129433
              19 111697
              21 129684
              22 128626
              24 128390
              25 129025
              27 128435
              28 128914
              30 110801

              One important observation here is that it appears to be skipping seconds once rate limiting kicks in. That implies the rate limiter is doing a few very long pauses to rate limit me (as opposed to doing lots of small pauses). So, I get really bad CPU jitter once the rate limiter kicks in.

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