Intel's Clear Linux Helping AMD EPYC Genoa Hit New Performance Heights

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 27 December 2022 at 06:16 AM EST.

Long story short the performance of Intel's Clear Linux was looking very good with AMD 4th Gen EPYC thanks to Clear's existing AVX-512 optimizations and many other performance tuning in the form of patches, more aggressive compiler flags by default, the performance governor by default on desktops/servers, and many other optimizations they have built up over the years. But with Clear Linux currently imposing a 320 thread CPU limit, that limited running some of the workloads/benchmarks that can still scale past that amount for this 384-thread configuration of the EPYC 9654 2P server.

In any event this was some interesting holiday benchmarking and goes to show the significant difference that default/out-of-the-box software optimizations can still make for a high performance platform like AMD EPYC Genoa and hopefully in 2023 we'll see more Linux distributions beginning to make use of x86_64 micro-architecture feature levels and a variety of other optimizations/improvements that have been employed by Intel's Clear Linux for years. There slowly is more of a focus by Linux distributions to begin thinking about "modern" defaults such as with the recent steps by several vendors on an x86-64-v2 feature baseline. In January I'll be back with a much larger Linux distribution comparison from this AMD 4th Gen EPYC server platform, with this article effectively being a teaser for what's to come.

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