Database & Apache Benchmarks

MySQL 4.0.20d

MySQL has been a staple of our Linux tests since its inception. Even though it does not carry high relevance for a workstation test, we still regard it as the de facto free, open sourced benchmark for Linux. Below, you can see our results for sql-bench on both the 64-bit Red Hat kernel. Below, we ran the sql-bench insertion and select tests.

In a web server configuration, Apache immediately becomes the HTTP daemon of choice for anyone using Linux. Apache's ApacheBench is a relatively synthetic benchmark that can give us some baseline performance ideas without straying too far into the realm of artificial. We ran both configurations under 10 and 100 concurrent threads to demonstrate the number of requests per second that the server can handle.

The X2100 serves considerably fewer pages than the bigger SunFire V40z, but what the X2100 lacks in performance here can be made up for in the wallet. A single SunFire V40z can outperform four X2100s, but even in the most expensive configuration, buying four X2100s is still a fraction of the cost of a V40z. For applications that scale well, such as web serving, the X2100 makes perfect sense. For applications that don't scale as well, like databases, you're better off with the heavier lifting V40z.

The Test Render Benchmarks


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  • dilidolo - Monday, September 12, 2005 - link

    If you want to conpare hardware, then run same OS.
    If you want to benchmark OS/App, then use same hardware.

    With Anand's testing method, you can't really tell if it's OS or hardware that makes the difference.
  • Furen - Monday, September 12, 2005 - link

    Considering that the 175 is supposed to be cheaper than the 152, Sun's margins on the Dual-core system are huge. Then again, these systems cannibalize their 2-way single-core systems, so of course they have to be priced accordingly. Reply
  • MCSim - Monday, September 12, 2005 - link">Sun NC05Q3 event Reply
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  • gibhunter - Monday, September 12, 2005 - link

    Everyone retains their badge number in our company too. I think it makes it easier from an accounting standpoint.

    When I left in 99 and came back in 03 I still had the same badge number even though new employees' numbers have gone up by about a hundred.
  • splat1 - Monday, September 12, 2005 - link

    The board is a rebranded tyan K8E.
    surprized the guys from anandtech didnt see that.">

    Looks like they pulled the pci slots and some other stuff but Im pretty sure the board layout was tyan's design.
  • Furen - Monday, September 12, 2005 - link

    I would call it a similar design, it's not easy to "pull" stuff out of a motherboard. Reply
  • splat1 - Monday, September 12, 2005 - link

    Can anyone find a better pic of the sun motherboard. From what I can tell the board layout is identical. Even the smdc card looks to be the same one that tyan uses. I guess I could try to flash the k8e with the sun bios and see what happens. Reply
  • MCSim - Monday, September 12, 2005 - link

    Sun is doing really well with the Opterons. Reply
  • Questar - Monday, September 12, 2005 - link

    Yeah, look at those profits they're making! Reply

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