Making The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Run Even Faster - By Loading Up Intel's Clear Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 11 February 2020. Page 2 of 9. 29 Comments

First up with Rodinia's Computational Fluid Dynamics solver, there wasn't much of a difference between the Linux distributions System76's own Pop!_OS 19.10 distribution derived from Ubuntu 19.10 had a narrow victory.

In demanding scientific workloads like NAMD and GROMACS, the results were basically flat against the tested distributions.

With the OpenMP-threaded GraphicsMagick image manipulation program, the leading distribution was CentOS 8 derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 but Clear Linux and openSUSE Tumbleweed were immediately behind CentOS. The other distributions were further back in their performance from this Threadripper 3990X.

With the GEGL library (Generic Graphics Library) that is used by GIMP, GNOME Photos, and other programs, Clear Linux began showing off its speed in blowing past the other Linux distributions. Clear Linux lost in just one test when it came to the 90 degree image rotation benchmark where the older GEGL in CentOS 8 ran the fastest.

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