On Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 10:49 AM, Jerry McAllister <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 10:54:48AM -0500, Dan wrote: > > > Wojciech Puchar([EMAIL PROTECTED])@2008.11.18 16:51:16 > +0100: > > >> > > >> Have you used, erm... Linux? Both Linux and FreeBSD run pretty much at > > >> hardware level. You benchmark either, you'll get very close results in > > > > > > for benchmarks doing same thing over and over, or same thing in > parallel > > > linux can even be better. > > > > > > but try running many different tasks in parallel under linux. FreeBSD > > > flies, while linux chokes. > > > > Can you point out some places on the web that confirm this? > > > > I can't point this out between Linux and FreeBSD, but back a few > years ago, when I was involved in benchmarking high performance > systems for purchase here, we found this to often be the case. > Some systems just screamed on certain very parallel tasks, but > practically came to a halt when a mix of tasks were run or even > when trying to edit a script while things were running. Others > were slightly less hot on the highly specialized tasks, but did > well - much better - on the mix. We chose the system that handled > the mix - which ran a BSD UNIX by the way, although a proprietary > version as did most back then. > > Anyway, so, even though I haven't compared FreeBSD and Linux, I am > not surprised to hear someone say there is this sort of difference. > It is possible. Someone might investigate further and put out > some verifiable numbers. > > ////jerry > I don't have verifiable numbers; but I can speak from personal experience. I do complex financial/clinical data analysis for hospitals. I was using MS Access as a front-end. On the server end, I started with Linux and PostgreSQL. I moved from Linux to FreeBSD because during my more complicated series of queries, the Linux system would slow to a crawl. Sometimes, the PostgreSQL server would die. This never happened with FreeBSD. I even added Samba services and a web forum for the department. >From 2000 to 2006, the only unplanned downtime experienced with my PostgreSQL/FreeBSD combo was due to 2 separate, prolonged power outages. When power was restored, the hardware and database servers came back online. Sadly, I no longer work there; and no longer have control over database assets. I read once that: "The difference between the lab and the real world is that, in the lab, there is no difference." I wish I had noted the source. Andrew _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"