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The New Linux Performance Test Lab Is Already Being Expanded

It was just last month that our new, large-scale test farm was completed while already it's being expanded... Another 42U rack is being added to allow for more systems to go through rigorous benchmarking via the Phoronix Test Suite's Phoromatic.

23 April 2015 - More Systems! - 6 Comments
ACPI For 64-bit ARM Proposed For Linux 4.1

Going back many months there's been work on adding ACPI support to ARM64/AArch64. That long journey may now be wrapping up with a pending pull request for landing full ACPI support for 64-bit ARM in Linux 4.1.

23 April 2015 - ARM64 ACPI - 7 Comments
My Favorite Computer Desk Of The Past Decade For Less Than $100

My favorite computer desk of the past decade, and arguably my favorite ever, is back on sale and costing less than $100. In the past few years I've bought at least eight of them according to my transaction history and I continue to be very pleased by their quality and price.

22 April 2015 - Less Than $100 - 19 Comments
6-Disk ZFS On Linux RAID Server Benchmarks

With the recent big update to ZFS On Linux I've begun running some new ZFS Linux file-system tests. Today are just some preliminary numbers from running ZOL 0.6.4 with various RAID levels across six 300GB H106030SDSUN300G 10K RPM SAS drives.

21 April 2015 - ZFS On Linux - 12 Comments
The Massive Linux Benchmarking Setup Is Chugging Along

It's going on one month now that our massive new server/benchmarking Linux and open-source benchmarking farm has been operational. So far things are going great and continuing to churn out a lot of performance data for the very latest Git code of the Linux kernel, Mesa, LLVM/Clang, and other projects on a daily basis.

15 April 2015 - Linux Benchmarking - 9 Comments
Allwinner: "We Are Taking Initiative Actions Internally"

Allwinner has been taking a lot of heat lately for violating open-source licenses with their Linux binary blob components. They then got caught obfuscating their code to try to hide their usage of open-source code, shifted around their licenses, and has continued jerking around the open-source community.

1 April 2015 - Allwinner Open-Source Violations - Add A Comment
Allwinner Plays Around With Licenses On Its Media Codec

Allwinner has yet to clarify their license position on their media codec code or fully open up their encode/decode library for that matter when it's fairly clear they're violating the GPL and recently they've been trying to cover it up by obfuscating their binaries.

21 March 2015 - Allwinner - 2 Comments
Qualcomm Announces DragonBoard 410c With 64-bit ARMv8 SoC

Qualcomm announced the DragonBoard 410c yesterday as their first design in compliance with Linaro's 96Boards standard. The DragonBoard 410c will be available to developers this summer and be powered by Qualcomm's 64-bit Snapdragon SoC.

13 March 2015 - DragonBoard 410c - 21 Comments
An LGPL-Licensed, Larrabee-Inspired GPGPU Processor

A Phoronix reader pointed out this weekend the Nyuzi Processor, an GPL/LGPL-licensed design that's inspired by Intel's failed Larrabee graphics processor design. The Nyuzi Processor is fully open-source with its Verilog, documentation, tests, compiler/tools, etc.

9 March 2015 - LGPL GPGPU - 14 Comments
Benchmarks Of The $129 8-Core 64-bit ARM Development Board

Announced last month was the HiKey 8-core 64-bit ARM development board being based upon the HiSilicon Cortex-A53 SoC. This HiKey board came out of 96Boards as the first certified board by the Linaro Community Board Group. I happen to have some early benchmarks of this eight-core AArch64 development board running Linaro/Debian.

6 March 2015 - HiKey ARM Cortex-A53 Board - 7 Comments

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