Arch-ing ARM: Running Arch Linux On The NVIDIA Tegra 2
Phoronix: Arch-ing ARM: Running Arch Linux On The NVIDIA Tegra 2
The CompuLab Trim-Slice is quite an interesting dual-core ARM Tegra 2 device. This nettop/desktop-oriented system ships with Ubuntu 11.04 by default, but it is also well supported by Arch Linux. In this article are some tests of the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 1.0GHz system running under Arch.
More ARM hardfloat benchmarks, Debian armhf, etc.
DISCLAIMER: I'm Konstantinos Margaritis, the debian-armhf maintainer, working for Genesi USA -who basically has been funding the armhf port for ~2 years now- and a Linaro partner engineer, which also leads the hardfloat push amongst ARM distros. I could easily say that the best hardfloat support can be found in Debian (with over 300 patches for armhf so far), next Ubuntu armhf and then Fedora. Collaboration between those distros is very good within Linaro, and we are having our ARM hardfloat mini-summit next month in Linaro Connect in San Francisco (Feb 6-10).
If you really want to see impressive ARM softfp/hardfp benchmarks, make sure you check this page:
The benchmarks were made using Phoronix Test Suite on both Debian armhf and Ubuntu armel (these are almost identically built, the only difference being the ABI, hard vs softfp).
As you have noted, hardfp wins softfp (there is no comparison with the plain 'soft' ABI), where there are LOTS of floating point calculations, my favourite example being povray -yes, the results are real. Also, of interest is the gtkperf benchmark, font and icon rendering (via svg) is also something floating point intensive, so there is a measurable difference there as well.
We are in the process of updating the benchmarks for the (unreleased yet) Ubuntu armhf to complete the picture.
For the history, Debian was the first serious distro to support the hardfloat ABI -and it now has an official port, armhf:
We are at 90% and keep growing, we expect to reach armel status (>95%) in the next month or so. Next step is to finish platform support and enable Debian Installer to work on the supported devices (for now Genesi EfikaMX Smartbooks and Smarttops, Pandaboard and most likely the AC100).