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Running The Linux 3.16 Kernel Might Be A Bit Slower On An Ultrabook

Linux Kernel

Published on 25 June 2014 09:42 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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For those running an Intel ultrabook, here's some benchmarks using the Linux 3.16 kernel on this portable x86 hardware compared to Linux 3.15. Unfortunately, the results aren't too promising.

As some extra Linux 3.16 kernel benchmarks to share, I used the stable Linux 3.15 and compared it to Linux 3.16 Git on an ASUS Zenbook Prime UX32VDA ultrabook running a Core i7 "Ivy Bridge" processor with an Ubuntu 14.04 LTS host.

The benchmark results aren't too interesting, hence just this quick one-page write-up, but might show an overall slowdown. In many of the tests, the Linux 3.16 Git kernel was slightly slower than Linux 3.15 -- from disk tests to Intel HD Graphics to computational workloads.

The results of this early Linux 3.16 testing on an Intel ultrabook can be found within 1406222-KH-LINUX316K47. Once I'm back from Russia and have relocated to the new Phoronix office, I'll be back with more laptop/ultrabook benchmarks of Linux 3.16, but am posting these initial results now in case any Phoronix readers have encountered any minor performance set-backs or other feedback and insight into the Linux 3.16. Overall, Linux 3.16 has many new features.

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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