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From: sakaria@vipunen.hut.fi (Sakari Aaltonen)
Subject: German Magazine Benchmarks Linux 0.97
Date: 28 Oct 92 21:53:15 GMT
Reply-To: sakaria@vipunen.hut.fi (Sakari Aaltonen)

The article in the German magazine c't (lower case, please) was mentioned
in Lars Wirzenius's LinuxNews #3. The article also has a benchmark (the
"Byte Unix Benchmarks", if that rings a bell), as follows (the bigger
the numbers, the better):

machine/MHz             486/33            Sparc2/40       Sparc ELC/33
os                    Linux 0.97         SunOS 4.1.2      SunOS 4.1.1
Arithmetic               1.1                3.1              2.0
Dhrystone                1.2                1.6              1.3
Execl Throughput         7.1                1.2              1.5
File Copy (30sec)        2.3                1.5              1.6
Pipe-based Context Swtch 3.3                1.5              1.4
Shell Scripts (8 conc)   2.5                1.4              1.2

sum                     17.5               10.3              9.0
mean                     2.9                1.7              1.5


Oh yes, and Bill Gates was here last week.   

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From: hpa@casbah.acns.nwu.edu (H. Peter Anvin N9ITP)
Subject: Re: German Magazine Benchmarks Linux 0.97
Reply-To: hpa@nwu.edu (H. Peter Anvin)
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1992 01:10:34 GMT

In article <1992Oct28.215315.4353@nntp.hut.fi> of comp.os.linux,
  sakaria@vipunen.hut.fi (Sakari Aaltonen) writes:
> The article in the German magazine c't (lower case, please) was mentioned
> in Lars Wirzenius's LinuxNews #3. The article also has a benchmark (the
> "Byte Unix Benchmarks", if that rings a bell), as follows (the bigger
> the numbers, the better):
> 
> machine/MHz             486/33            Sparc2/40       Sparc ELC/33
> os                    Linux 0.97         SunOS 4.1.2      SunOS 4.1.1
> Arithmetic               1.1                3.1              2.0
> Dhrystone                1.2                1.6              1.3
> Execl Throughput         7.1                1.2              1.5
                           ^^^
                           This is probably a testimony to the
copy-on-write technique of memory mgmt.  SunLOSS *still* doesn't use it,
according to one of the original BSD developers due to a bug in the VAX-750
MMU it was never incorporated in BSD, and of course Sun would never lower
themselves to *do it themselves*...

> File Copy (30sec)        2.3                1.5              1.6
> Pipe-based Context Swtch 3.3                1.5              1.4
> Shell Scripts (8 conc)   2.5                1.4              1.2
> 
> sum                     17.5               10.3              9.0
> mean                     2.9                1.7              1.5
> 

All in all, an impressive testimony to a small, hand-optimized kernel
for very common and cheap hardware...

        /hpa
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