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Benchmark: benefits of Clear Linux containers (distrobox)

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  • Benchmark: benefits of Clear Linux containers (distrobox)

    Hi all,
    after I've added support for Clear Linux containers to distrobox, I thought that it would be a nice experiment to show the performance benefits of Clear Linux even on non-Clear distributions.

    In this article on Phoronix it's discussed the use of distroboxes to augment a Clear Linux host's software availablility. Now I wanted to check the benefits of running a Clear Linux distrobox on a normal host distribution.

    So here is a series of benchmarks performed with the Phoronix Test Suite.

    Bear in mind I have an old laptop with no dGPU so I didn't do anything graphical and due to my poor connection I wasn't able to download the bigger tests

    I've tested on a Fedora 35 host (all latest updates installed as of 20/01/2022), included also a container of Fedora 35 to show a comparison of eventual Podman overheads (little to none )

    Full benchmark here:

    Also posted on Clear Linux forums here

    Clear Linux finishes first 90% of the times, the F35 container also is in the range of measurement error with the host, showing that running in Podman is not influential for these benchmarks.

    Screenshot from 2022-01-21 11-58-56.png

    In almost all tests Clear Linux shows a mild to significant performance gain (5% up to 15%, except libavif test with 50%+), even without the kernel optimizations/patches that you'd have running a Clear Linux host.

    Here the final results

    Last edited by 89luca89; 21 January 2022, 07:19 AM.