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IETF doc seeks reliable vSwitch benchmark

If you fancy wrapping your mind around the complexities that make virtual switches (vSwitches) hard to benchmark, an IETF informational RFC is worth a read. Put together by Maryam Tahhan and Billy O'Mahony of Intel (note the usual disclaimer that RFCs are the work of individuals not employers) and Al Morton of AT&T, RFC 8204 …

HPC kids battle each other... oh, and tussle with the world's fastest supercomputer

HPC Blog This year's edition of the Asian Student Cluster Competition (ASC) is the largest competition of its kind in the world, with 20 teams of university undergrads battling each other, themselves, and the world’s fastest supercomputer, Sunway TaihuLight, to win the Asian Cluster Crown*. But more than just bragging rights are at …
Dan Olds, 24 Apr 2017
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Nvidia says Google's TPU benchmark compared wrong kit

It's not easy being Nvidia: the rise of AI has put a rocket under demand for GPUs, but the corollary to that is World+Dog publishing benchmarks to try and knock Nvidia off its perch. The company is famously touchy about such things – witness last year's spat with Intel over benchmarks it didn't regard as fair. Well, it's …

The TPC-C/SPC-1 storage benchmarks are screwed. You know what we need?

Comment The storage benchmarking world is broken because there are no realistic and pratical storage benchmarks with realistic workloads customers can apply to systems. So says storage analyst Howard Marks, and he aims to fix this mess with the help of a consortium of industry players. He says the world of storage …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Cisco, MapR first to top Big Data TPC benchmark tree

Cisco and MapR have posted the first Big Data TPCx-HS benchmark, but, of course, there's nothing to actually compare it with yet. The TPC Express HS (TPCx-HS) benchmark result was based on clustered Cisco UCS servers running Red Hat Linux and MapR Hadoop. TPC is the Transaction Processing Council, which helps produce …
Chris Mellor, 5 Mar 2015
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Dropbox is most pleasurable storage cloud for the old in-out

Boffins from the University of Twente and the Politecnico Di Torino have run the rule over five consumer-grade cloud storage services to see which performs best in terms of the load they impose on machines running them. While the researchers consider the five services they tested – Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, Amazon Cloud …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2013
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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

UK consumer magazine Which? has dropped a benchmark bucket on the iPhone, rating it the slowest of seven smartphones under test. The magazine ran the Geekbench 2 test on seven phones – the iPhone 5, Samsung's Galaxy S4, the HTC One, Sony's Experia Z, Google's Nexus 4, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and the BlackBerry Z10. With a …
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What should replace Linpack for ranking supercomputers?

ISC 2013 The Linpack Fortran benchmark, which has been used to gauge the relative performance of workstations and supercomputers for many decades, is looking a little long in the tooth. So, some of the people who love Linpack and know it best are proposing a new benchmark - with the mind-numbing name of High Performance Conjugate …

MapR smashes MinuteSort benchmark on Google Compute

While supercomputers and workstations have Linpack to rank their number-crunching performance, when it comes to sorting algorithms to rank Big Data systems, there is a collection of tests known as the Sort Benchmarks. And this year it looks like Hadoop is back on top after commercial distie MapR Technologies beat the MinuteSort …
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TPC kicks out quick-and-dirty virty server test

For the past two and a half years, the members of the Transaction Processing Council consortium, which creates and audits transaction processing and data warehousing benchmarks for systems, has been working on a virtualization benchmark. The new test, called TPC-VMS, has finally made it out of committee and is ready for use. …
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New standard test of Big Data bang per system buck rolls out

There's a new big data benchmark in town: TPC-DS. The Transaction Processing Performance Council still doesn't know how to do its own abbreviation after 24 years of existence, but it does know a thing or two about getting IT hardware and software vendors together and hammering out benchmark tests and pricing metrics to help …

VMware buys up benchmarketeer tools

Server virtualization juggernaut VMware doesn't just want to own the lion's share of the cloudy infrastructure inside data centers. It wants to convince all data centers to virtualize all workloads, and use the best virtualization tools available to do so. But to do that, the company has to prove that real-world workloads in …
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Secret Sony slate sports quad-core Tegra 3 spec

Sony is readying tablet replacements already, with benchmarks for a mysterious device known only as the V150 showing quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 specifications in online benchmark results. As Sony's tablet offerings released last year both pack the now outdated Tegra 2 processor, it should come as no surprise the Japanese firm is …
Caleb Cox, 19 Mar 2012
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iPad 3 benchmarked

The iPad 3 does indeed contain 1GB of memory and sports a processor clocked at 1GHz, it has been claimed. So says one Vietnamese lad who managed not only to get hold of the device but to install the Geekbench performance testing app on it. And, according to Geekbench, the iPad3,3 - the new tablet's internal moniker - has a …
Tony Smith, 13 Mar 2012
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Pillar pillages SPC-1 benchmark

Pillar has announced a sparkling SPC-1 benchmark, bettering IBM's Storwize V7000. Oddly EMC is not present in SPC-1 results and NetApp's results are 2008 vintage. What's going on? The SPC-1 benchmark is for block-access storage, not for filers, where the SPECsfs2008 benchmark is used. There are high-end SPC-1 results, ranging …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2011
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IBM whips out its TPC-C...cluster

At the last minute, as it was rolling out the low-end and high-end of its Power7-based server lineup on Tuesday, IBM rushed out a new TPC-C online transaction processing benchmark. No surprises there. And there are no surprises that Big Blue has pushed the OLTP benchmark, showing it could put a box into the field that can do …
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TPC starts designing server virt test

The server virtualization wave might have crested by the time the Transaction Processing Council and its vendor members get a virtualization benchmark into the field, but the TPC has to be given credit for coming up with a useful test to gauge how virtualized environments perform and scale and what kind of bang for the buck they …
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IBM's Power 780 pushes the value envelope

After several months of tuning and tweaking in its benchmark labs, IBM has finally released a TPC-C online transaction processing benchmark test result for its new Power7-based servers. Rather than presenting results on a number of heavily configured machines, IBM has packed a lot of flash storage into a relatively skinny …

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