|| ||"Bond, Andrew" <Andrew.Bond@hp.com>|
|| ||TPC-C benchmark used standard RH kernel|
|| ||Thu, 19 Sep 2002 12:15:08 -0500|
I believe I need to clarify my earlier posting about kernel features that
gave the benchmark a boost. The kernel that we used in the benchmark was an
unmodified Red Hat Advanced Server 2.1 kernel. We did tune the kernel via
standard user space tuning, but the kernel was not patched. HP, Red Hat, and
Oracle have worked closely together to make sure that the features I
mentioned were in the Advanced Server kernel "out of the box."
Could we have gotten better performance by patching the kernel? Sure. There
are many new features in 2.5 that would enhance database performance.
However, the fairly strict support requirements of TPC benchmarking mean that
we need to benchmark a kernel that a Linux distributor ships and can support.
Modifications could also be taken to the extreme, and we could have built a
screamer kernel that runs Oracle TPC-C's and nothing else. However, that
doesn't really tell us anything useful and doesn't help those customers
thinking about running Linux. The question also becomes "Who would provide
customer support for that kernel?"
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