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    Phoronix: Ubuntu 23.10 Showing Nice Performance Improvements On Ampere Altra Max

    Gigabyte (Giga Computing) recently sent over their G242-P36 HPC/AI Arm server platform built for Ampere Altra and Ampere Altra Max processors. This 2U server platform can accommodate up to four graphics cards or a mix of GPUs and DPUs if so desired, for maxing out the AI possibilities on Arm. I'll have up a full review on the G242-P36 soon while in this article is a look at the direction of the Ubuntu Server Arm performance from Ubuntu 22.04 LTS to now with Ubuntu 23.10 ahead of the important Ubuntu 24.04 LTS cycle.


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    Ubuntu is a bad representation of Linux

    Debian is a better choice to showcase the general performance as a lot of distros are based on it (including Ubuntu).
    Last edited by Kjell; 30 November 2023, 02:38 PM.

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      Michael , if you talk to gigabyte, tell them to improve their servers.

      1) Image a full 42u rack, How could I unscrew their tiny screw for a riser to add a pcie card if the screw is where they put it. Try to find a screwless design.
      I end up having to unrack the 2u server move it a bench to remove a silly screw.

      2) 24 drive front bay pcb backplane, I would rather have modular pcb front bay backplanes of 8 drive each in case a slimsas4i port goes bad I could just replace a 8 drive pcb or have to option to disable by unplug the power cable.

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      • #4
        Just curious: are these improvements specific to Ampere hardware or any ARMv8?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Kjell View Post
          Ubuntu is a bad representation of Linux

          Debian is a better choice to showcase the general performance as a lot of distros are based on it (including Ubuntu).
          What kernel build options specifically make the Ubuntu kernel worse for performance testing than a vanilla Debian kernel?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kjell View Post
            Ubuntu is a bad representation of Linux

            Debian is a better choice to showcase the general performance as a lot of distros are based on it (including Ubuntu).
            Ubuntu is not at all a bad representation of Linux and I'd wager you will find significantly more Ubuntu installations than Debian on the server world. Snap isn't a thing on that side and so Ubuntu is very, very good given they track reasonably recent versions of everything.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by AlanTuring69 View Post

              Ubuntu is not at all a bad representation of Linux and I'd wager you will find significantly more Ubuntu installations than Debian on the server world. Snap isn't a thing on that side and so Ubuntu is very, very good given they track reasonably recent versions of everything.
              It's a bad representation, because they have bad defaults like powersave governor (may be default on others as well). They also mix desktop with server setup.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Volta View Post

                It's a bad representation, because they have bad defaults like powersave governor (may be default on others as well). They also mix desktop with server setup.
                It's his first chance at a review since it arrived. I would expect there will be a compare of various ARMv8 Linux releases coming up in the future.

                Then everyone can go nuts on what is wrong with X flavor.

                Cut the guy some slack please.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Volta View Post

                  It's a bad representation, because they have bad defaults like powersave governor (may be default on others as well). They also mix desktop with server setup.
                  That's demonstrably false / misleading. Using the same installer between desktop and server is a non-issue and is done in every distribution I'm aware of. I'd like to understand when the last time you've looked at Ubuntu is because the process for setting up a server has changed much in the past 13 years. I suspect you have not looked since then.

                  The power state is balanced by default which, by the way, is the exact same on Debian. This is coming from a long-time Debian user in myself, as well.

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