Phoronix: Benchmarks Of Debian Etch, Lenny & Squeeze
With Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" set to be released in the coming months, we have decided to run a set of benchmarks looking at the performance of Debian 6.0 across different sub-systems relative to the performance of Debian 5.0 "Lenny" and Debian 4.0 "Etch" to see how this new release may stack up.
The benchmarks that regressed all had something to do with disk IO. The CPU-oriented tasks increased their performance. So I don't think the eglibc transition has anything to do with it; so I think more careful use of barriers and such to improve data security is responsible for the slow-downs. Or at least I hope so.
I follow Phoronix mostly just to keep in-touch with general *nix and X/Mesa developments. I generally avoided all the benchmarking stuff because, well, without some expression of the confidence of the results, the results were next to meaningless; there was no way to determine the significance of a given value. Hell, for all I knew, the values plotted were the result of a single test - or possible outlier. I understandably fell into the habit of just skipping over any feed headlines including the words, "test", or, "benchmark", like I do for any including the word, "Apple".