Professional Performance: Windows

Agisoft Photoscan – 2D to 3D Image Manipulation: link

Agisoft Photoscan creates 3D models from 2D images, a process which is very computationally expensive. The algorithm is split into four distinct phases, and different phases of the model reconstruction require either fast memory, fast IPC, more cores, or even OpenCL compute devices to hand. Agisoft supplied us with a special version of the software to script the process, where we take 50 images of a stately home and convert it into a medium quality model. This benchmark typically takes around 15-20 minutes on a high end PC on the CPU alone, with GPUs reducing the time.

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Total Time

Cinebench R15

Cinebench R15 - Single Threaded

Cinebench R15 - Multi-Threaded

Professional Performance: Linux

Built around several freely available benchmarks for Linux, Linux-Bench is a project spearheaded by Patrick at ServeTheHome to streamline about a dozen of these tests in a single neat package run via a set of three commands using an Ubuntu 14.04 LiveCD. These tests include fluid dynamics used by NASA, ray-tracing, molecular modeling, and a scalable data structure server for web deployments. We run Linux-Bench and have chosen to report a select few of the tests that rely on CPU and DRAM speed.

C-Ray: link

C-Ray is a simple ray-tracing program that focuses almost exclusively on processor performance rather than DRAM access. The test in Linux-Bench renders a heavy complex scene offering a large scalable scenario.

Linux-Bench c-ray 1.1 (Hard)

NAMD, Scalable Molecular Dynamics: link

Developed by the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, NAMD is a set of parallel molecular dynamics codes for extreme parallelization up to and beyond 200,000 cores. The reference paper detailing NAMD has over 4000 citations, and our testing runs a small simulation where the calculation steps per unit time is the output vector.

Linux-Bench NAMD Molecular Dynamics

NPB, Fluid Dynamics: link

Aside from LINPACK, there are many other ways to benchmark supercomputers in terms of how effective they are for various types of mathematical processes. The NAS Parallel Benchmarks (NPB) are a set of small programs originally designed for NASA to test their supercomputers in terms of fluid dynamics simulations, useful for airflow reactions and design.

Linux-Bench NPB Fluid Dynamics

Redis: link

Many of the online applications rely on key-value caches and data structure servers to operate. Redis is an open-source, scalable web technology with a strong developer base, but also relies heavily on memory bandwidth.

Linux-Bench Redis Memory-Key Store, 100x

Linux-Bench Redis Memory-Key Store, 10x

Linux-Bench Redis Memory-Key Store, 1x

Intel Haswell-EP Xeon 14 Core Review: E5-2695 V3 and E5-2697 V3 CPU Benchmarks
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  • alacard - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    "Bioshock Infinite was Zero Punctuation’s Game of the Year for 2013"

    Who gives a shit?
  • alacard - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    They're going to kill that poor woman!
  • ayprof - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    This affects all of us!
  • osx86h3avy - Friday, November 21, 2014 - link

    Mark it zero dude.
  • ERJ - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    I want to know what happened to the server benchmarks? Where is the VMware / SAP stuff?
  • romrunning - Friday, November 21, 2014 - link

    I agree - I'm not sure why VM testing was left out. That is one of the highest usage scenarios for this type of processor.
  • alacard - Friday, November 21, 2014 - link

    Maybe Ian was too busy playing "Zero Punctuation’s Game of the Year for 2013" to bother.
  • linuxnizer - Saturday, November 22, 2014 - link

    Yep, need to see Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 running few VMs (OpenStack or VMware) and serving thousands of JBoss application users with intensive DB operation. Better yet, running Oracle 12c DB with Oracle JEE over Oracle unbreakable Linux.
  • Ian Cutress - Sunday, November 30, 2014 - link

    That's more Johan's area. Johan has access to a lot more server based hardware/software than I.
  • dgingeri - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    Maybe you could convince Intel to let you give away one of these samples to readers. :)

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