More Interesting Benchmarks Are On The Way
November was a fairly interesting month at Phoronix with an increased number of articles (thanks directly to our advertisers) and some particularly interesting tests: five years of Linux kernel benchmarks, compiler benchmarks of GCC/LLVM/Clang/DragonEgg, a look at at a Linux kernel patch to improve responsiveness, ZFS Linux benchmarks, Solaris 11 benchmarks, the newest ATI Gallium3D driver, a historical look at Fedora's performance, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 benchmarks, among other articles. However, December should be another interesting month at Phoronix too.
As was shared recently in benchmarking ARM tablets and smart-phones, more mobile Linux devices will be tested as the Phoronix Test Suite support for the ARM architecture and these mini computers becomes more important to the different hardware and software vendors. One example of a forthcoming Phoronix article (and hinted at this morning in Intel Atom benchmarks of GCC and Clang) are GCC and LLVM/Clang compiler tests on an ARMv6 CPU with the Nokia N900 smart-phone.
Mobile ARM hardware for running MeeGo/Linaro/Ubuntu/Android though isn't the only new hardware coming in. There's also a new Apple MacBook Pro being used to ensure that the Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" experience for automated benchmarking and other tests is just as viable under Apple's Mac OS X 10.6 (and Mac OS X 10.7) as it is under Linux, OpenSolaris, and BSD operating systems. That the full capabilities of just not the Phoronix Test Suite are exposed under Mac OS X, but also Phoromatic and OpenBenchmarking.org (read: an introduction to OpenBenchmarking.org and the November status update).
With a powerful 2010 Mac Book Pro around, besides the improvements being done to the Phoronix Test Suite software, it will also be used for delivering some more interesting tests that had been limited to using Apple Mac Minis (i.e. Mac OS X vs. Linux OpenCL performance, Apple's Enhanced OpenGL Stack, and multi-platform benchmarks).
Anyhow, stay tuned for a very interesting December in terms of Phoronix.com articles and also developments on the Phoronix Test Suite for leading open-source benchmarking.
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