"Windows 64-bit bakeoff on dual-core Intel Pentium"
This report is part of a series meant to answer the question "which
combination of hardware and software performs the best for a particular
SNMP simulation scenario?".
The summary is:
This report compares MIMIC SNMP Simulator 10.30 running under 4 recent Windows versions
- Windows Server 2003 Standard SP2
- Windows Vista Ultimate SP1
- Windows Server 2008 Standard
- Windows 7 Professional
In this report we focus on the 64-bit executable version of MIMIC. The 32-bit version is documented in a separate report. The 2 versions run comparably for all platforms, overwhelmingly within single-digit percentage difference, except for Windows 7, where 64-bit runs around 20% slower for some cells in the 2,000 and 5,000 agent configurations.
As we have seen in past reports, the Windows OS versions successively perform worse in our standard SNMP performance tests. Windows Server 2003 performs best, followed by Vista and Server 2008 (although it is a toss-up between those 2, depending on your requirements), and finally Windows 7 performs worst.
The following matrix compares Windows Server 2003 to Windows Vista. The 2 versions are about even (within single-digit percentage difference) for 10 and 100 agent configurations. But, for 1,000 to 5,000 agents, Windows 2003 outperforms Vista (red cells), even though Vista seems to perform better for low agent numbers.
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