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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ARMv7 Linux Performance Gains

Michael Larabel

Published on 7 May 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
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7-Zip compression, N-Queens, and OpenSSL all yield huge performance boosts in Ubuntu 12.04 over Ubuntu 11.10 for the OMAP4-based PandaBoard ES.

If running other newer Linux distributions on the OMAP4460 development board, similar performance boosts should be visible. The ARM performance improvements here are not exactly original innovations out of Canonical, aside from their decision to switch to ARM hard-float by default. The proper OMAP4460 cpufreq support is in the upstream kernel now compliments of Texas Instruments and there is other general ARMv7 optimizations going on within the Linux kernel, GCC (and LLVM/Clang) compilers, etc.

Coming up next from Ubuntu 12.04 on ARM are GCC vs. LLVM/Clang compiler benchmarks.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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