FreeBSD 12.0 vs. DragonFlyBSD 5.4 vs. TrueOS 18.12 vs. Linux On A Tyan EPYC Server
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 10 January 2019. Page 4 of 4. 8 Comments

CentOS 7 did well with the data compression benchmarks.

The BSDs were quick with their FFmpeg performance and in line with Clear Linux.

With GnuPG, DragonFlyBSD was the slowest while the FreeBSD-based operating systems came in second between the performance of Clear Linux and Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS.

OpenSSL has been well-tuned for years on all major platforms.

Python3 and PHP performance remains much faster on the Linux distributions.

In total more than 50 tests were run on these operating systems from the Tyan + AMD EPYC server. All of the data in full can be found from this result file.

If trying to generalize the performance, when taking the geometric mean of all the complete results, we have this graph. FreeBSD 12.0 was about 21% faster than FreeBSD 11.2. TrueOS 18.12 was the slowest OS tested, which may be due to FreeBSD CURRENT carrying various debug flags, albeit that is how the TrueOS 18.12 release is shipped. In terms of the DragonFlyBSD 5.4.1 performance, it was faster than FreeBSD 11.2 on this 32-core/64-thread server albeit FreeBSD 12.0 was about 7% faster. Though even FreeBSD 12.0 still has room to improve its AMD server performance with Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS being 15% faster than FreeBSD 12.0 or for the fastest operating system tested, Clear Linux, it was nearly 40% faster based on the geometric mean of all the results where all of the operating systems successfully were benchmarked.

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