Ubuntu, RHEL, SUSE, Amazon Linux On The Amazon EC2 Cloud
Phoronix: Ubuntu, RHEL, SUSE, Amazon Linux On The Amazon EC2 Cloud
After providing benchmarks last week of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on different Amazon EC2 instance types, up today are more benchmarks from the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. Rather than just tossing out a lot of Amazon EC2 numbers of the different instance types to judge their performance, this article offers benchmarks of different Linux distributions on the same cloud. Tested here are Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Amazon Linux AMI 2012.03, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.
Does this tell us anything?
If the benchmarks were compiled on each test system, and the test systems use different compilers, isn't this mostly just benchmarking the compiler performance rather than the components of the OS (kernel, file system, etc.)? This is in addition to the fact that the systems were running on "similar" CPUs. After reading this I still have no idea how each system actually performs relative to the other.