1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

12-Core ARM Cluster Benchmarked Against Intel Atom, Ivy Bridge, AMD Fusion

Michael Larabel

Published on 14 June 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 2 of 16 - 20 Comments

The purpose of Effimaß basically just comes down to having a low-power ARM cluster for some interesting benchmark results, using it as a platform for porting new benchmarks to ARM, bringing new MPI cluster capabilities to the Phoronix Test Suite framework, and making other related improvements for ARM and cluster computing within the open-source Phoronix benchmarking stack.

Before getting any further, thanks go out to Texas Instruments and SVTronics for supporting this cluster by providing the PandaBoard ES development boards at a discount to make it even more affordable. The PandaBoard ES currently retails for about $182 USD, so when everything is said and done, the cluster carries a retail price of around $1,200 USD.

In the Phoronix office tour it was shown where Effimaß was going to be setup, but due short CAT5 cables interfering, for now the cluster is running on a standalone cart and is attached to a 48-port enterprise-grade network switch. The network switch power consumption wasn't monitored as part of the power monitoring since eventually the cluster will move back to its intended location where it will be tapping an already present 24-port enterprise-grade network switch and thus not lead to any net increase in power draw.

As far as the Effimaß name for this 12-core ARM cluster, from the Bavarian who named it, her reasoning came down to: "1. Effizienz for efficiency, in terms of the low-power ARM cores. 2. Maß: basically the measure of all things." So how efficient is the cluster at the moment? While tweaking has only just begun and more tests are still being conducted, the six PandaBoard ES cluster is idling at 15~16 Watts, under load is averaging about 29 Watts, and the peak power consumption I have seen under load is 31 Watts. This is while delivering some rather surprising numbers. I was expecting the 10/100 Ethernet and/or the SDHC-backed storage to be the main bottleneck for the Ubuntu Linux cluster, but that did not actually seem to be the case, at least with the MPI workloads tested thus far.

Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. MSI X99S SLI PLUS On Linux
  2. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance
  3. CompuLab Intense-PC2: An Excellent, Fanless, Mini PC Powered By Intel's i7 Haswell
  4. From The Atom 330 To Haswell ULT: Intel Linux Performance Benchmarks
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Open-Source Radeon 2D Performance Is Better With Ubuntu 14.10
  2. RunAbove: A POWER8 Compute Cloud With Offerings Up To 176 Threads
  3. 6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Linux Desktop Benchmarks
  4. Ubuntu 14.10 XMir System Compositor Benchmarks
Latest Linux News
  1. Sandusky Lee: Great Cabinets For Storing All Your Computer Gear
  2. Fedora 21 Beta & Final Release Slip Further
  3. Mesa 10.3.2 Has A Couple Bug-Fixes
  4. RadeonSI/R600g HyperZ Support Gets Turned Back On
  5. openSUSE Factory & Tumbleweed Are Merging
  6. More Fedora Delays: Fedora 21 Beta Slips
  7. Mono Brings C# To The Unreal Engine 4
  8. Coreboot Now Has Support For Intel Broadwell Hardware
  9. Enlightenment's EFL 1.12 Alpha Has Evas GL-DRM Engine, OpenGL ES 1.1 Support
  10. GTK+ Lands Experimental Backend For Mir Display Server
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. AMD Radeon VDPAU Video Performance With Gallium3D
  2. HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++
  3. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  4. Ubuntu 16.04 Might Be The Distribution's Last 32-Bit Release
  5. Linux hacker compares Solaris kernel code:
  6. Advertisements On Phoronix
  7. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
  8. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs