A Performance Comparison Using HPC Benchmarks: Windows HPC Server 2008 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

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2011-01-10

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A collection of performance benchmarks have been run on an IBM System X iDataPlex cluster using two different operating systems. Windows HPC Server 2008 (WinHPC) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux v5.4 (RHEL5) are compared using SPEC MPI2007 v1.1, the High Performance Computing Challenge (HPCC) and National Science Foundation (NSF) acceptance test benchmark suites. Overall, we find the performance of WinHPC and RHEL5 to be equivalent but significant performance differences exist when analyzing specific applications. We focus on presenting the results from the application benchmarks and include the results of the HPCC microbenchmark for completeness.

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This document was developed with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. 0910812 to Indiana University for ”FutureGrid: An Experimental, High-Performance Grid Test-bed.” Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.

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performance management, operating systems, benchmark

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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Technical Report