[Beowulf] AMD 6100 vs Intel 5600
tom.elken at qlogic.com
Fri Apr 2 09:25:17 PDT 2010
> > The non-profit Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation and
> > who work for it (including me) would be pretty dismayed that anyone
> > believes that it has no relevance to performance evaluation.
> SPEC self-limits its relevance by refusing to recognize that it should
> be open-source. being open-hostile means that it has very limited
> of data points,
Yup, only 9,335 submissions indexed on this page:
I'm not getting into a debate. I'm glad there are open source benchmarks available too. I'll just provide some facts and let readers decide for themselves.
> very minimalistic UI (let alone data mining tools),
It is a limited text-based UI -- that runs on Linux, Windows, and proprietary Unixes. Portability was/is a major goal of SPEC.
The search form:
is useful for data mining.
> and perhaps most importantly, slow adaptation to changes in how
> are used (memory footprint, etc).
True. But SPEC MPI2007 v2.0 is a 2.4 GB package of software [larger datasets, and a 128 GB minimum RAM / 64 cores (min) requirement to run the Large suite; the Medium suite (16 GB, ~8 core minimum) is still part of 2.0].
I just downloaded Phoronix, and the tarball was ~450KB.
It looks like a good collection of tests.
Like HPC Challenge, and NAS Parallel, it does not provide a single number as a metric of performance. There are always compromises and knashing of teeth in coming up with a formula for that single number, but
SPEC and the Linpack/Top500 maintainers have found that people like it.
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