What Skylake Xeon Benchmarks Have You Been Dreaming About? A 9-Way Comparison Coming
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 20 February 2016 at 12:30 AM EST. 21 Comments
There isn't much a better joy in life than unexpectedly finding nine Intel latest-generation (Skylake) Xeon processors at your doorstep.

Our friends at a kind hardware partner (not sure they want to be disclosed yet), kindly sent over nine Intel "Skylake" Xeon E3 processors for Linux benchmarking. What a joy! The line-up includes the E3-1270, E3-1240L, E3-1235L, E3-1230, E3-1245, E3-1240, E3-1220, E3-1280, and E3-1260L. Of course, all v5 Skylake editions. I hadn't expected they sent over all these models, so it was quite a shock opening this on a Friday night.

Now the question becomes what fun to be had benchmarking this nice assortment of Intel Xeon E3 v5 "Skylake" processors under Linux. With the brand new Phoronix Test Suite 6.2, there's a lot of fun to be had. On the brand new OpenBenchmarking.org have also been a number of new tests recently for items like the Go language, R language, Apache improvements, Multichase, and more.

With now having the surprise access to nine latest-generation Skylake Xeon CPUs, what would you like to see benchmarked? Let me know. Of course, priority honoring is given to premium members. If you want to assemble your own test profile for a particular workload, look at the Phoronix Test Suite documentation on GitHub. Here's an example of a very simple test profile. Beyond the initial Linux testing phase, still looking at ways to best utilize all nine Xeon CPUs for furthering Linux performance testing whether it be LinuxBenchmarking.com, OpenBenchmarking.org, or other projects being contemplated.
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