Wednesday, June 16, 2010

MIMIC 10.30 Performance Test Report: High-scalability (64-bit) Linux bakeoff

FYI, we have published a new MIMIC SNMP Simulator 10.30 Performance Report

"High scalability (64-bit) for 9 Linux distributions on quad-CPU Sunfire V40z"

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 10.30 running 64-bit mode under 9 different Linux distributions
on a quad CPU AMD Opteron 850 2.4 GHz Sunfire V40z:

1.Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS release 4
2.Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5.5
3.CentOS 5.2
4.Fedora Core 6
5.Fedora 7
6.Fedora 9
7.Fedora 10
8.Fedora 11
9.Fedora 12

The 32-bit and 64-bit executables have comparable performance on all tested platforms
(within single-digit percentage difference with minor exceptions). We focused on the low
range (10 to 1,000 agent configurations) in a previous report. In this report we focus on
high-scalability (2,000 to 20,000 agents) requirements which can only be handled with the
64-bit distribution of MIMIC.

In summary, the best overall performer is RedHat Enterprise Linux AS4. RHEL4 substantially
outperforms all other tested distributions in the mid-range (2,000 to 5,000 agents). At the
high-end (8,000 to 20,000 agents), 2nd place goes to Fedora 10, followed by Fedora 9 and
Fedora Core 6, with the remaining distributions trailing badly. Unfortunately we are noticing
that newer releases of Fedora are performing worse in this test.

1 comment:

Gambit Communications said...

This report has been updated
on June 22, 2010 to include SUSE Linux
Enterprise 11.

It performs quite well and is ranked
2nd to RedHat Enterprise Linux 4.