[Beowulf] [AMD64] Gentoo or Fedora

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Fri Aug 31 13:30:21 PDT 2007

On Fri, 31 Aug 2007, Ed Hill wrote:

> But maybe I'm just turning into a cynical old man.  Maybe I should
> abandon rational thought and concentrate on having fun pimping my
> ride.  :-)

Dear Ed,

These last possibilities are almost certainly true, however accurate and
valuable your previous assertions were;-)


> ps - Please, if you are going to take issue with this post then
>     by all means bring with you some actual benchmark numbers
>     that we can reproduce on our laptops and desktops.  Bonus
>     points if you can write a script that does a semi-decent
>     job of automating such a benchmark.

Amen, although I'm happy enough to provide a toplevel interface and/or
scripts to do the automation with if people use benchmaster...

But benchmaster almost certainly won't show any macro-advantages as it
is a micro-benchmark.  And macro benchmarks based on tools like mysql
are notoriously poor predictors of performance variations with anything
BUT the tool in question, if that (even though I used to read PC
Magazine "benchmarks" of just that sort for DOS and Windows boxes with
great amusement for many years).


Robert G. Brown	                       http://www.phy.duke.edu/~rgb/
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