Fresh, 5-Way Linux Distribution Benchmarks On Amazon's EC2 Cloud
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 6 May 2015 at 09:12 AM EDT. Add A Comment
It's been a while since last running any extensive Amazon EC2 cloud benchmarks. However, in trying out the latest releases of a few distributions, I ran some quick cloud benchmarks yesterday.

From a c4.4xlarge compute instance in Amazon's US East data center, I ran comparisons of five different Linux distributions with the same instance type. The tested distributions were Amazon Linux AMI 2015.03, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS, and Debian 8.0 Jessie. The HVM types were used when testing all of these distributions with their default settings.

The Compute-Optimized c4.4xlarge has 16 vCPUs and 30GB of memory. In this testing these instances were baced by Intel Xeon E5 2666 v3 processors.

As this is just a quick testing article and not one of my in-depth articles in testing these distributions on multiple EC2 instance types, head on over to this result file to view these latest Amazon EC2 cloud benchmark results. It's very easy to carry out your own automated, reproducible Linux cloud benchmarks using the open-source Phoronix Test Suite benchmarking software.
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