I'm currently playing with Amazon Web Services and EC2, Amazon's highly flexible VPS hosting service. Gandi Hosting is providing a similar Xen based hosting service, and last day I saw that they benchmarked their basic "one share" server with Unixbench and got a score of 40.
I was curious to see the score I could get with a small Amazon EC2 server, so I quickly started an instance and the same Unixbench release. The score I got for a small EC2 instance was 34.5 :
BYTE UNIX Benchmarks (Version 4.1-wht.2) System -- Linux ip- 22.214.171.124-2.fc8xen #1 SMP Fri Feb 15 12:39:36 EST 2008 i686 GNU/Linux /dev/sda1 10321208 578372 9218548 6% / INDEX VALUES TEST BASELINE RESULT INDEX Dhrystone 2 using register variables 376783.7 2016468.0 53.5 Double-Precision Whetstone 83.1 1267.8 152.6 Execl Throughput 188.3 835.7 44.4 File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 2672.0 11164.0 41.8 File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1077.0 3059.0 28.4 File Read 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 15382.0 74927.0 48.7 Pipe-based Context Switching 15448.6 21771.7 14.1 Pipe Throughput 111814.6 58972.3 5.3 Process Creation 569.3 1361.2 23.9 Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 44.8 171.8 38.3 System Call Overhead 114433.5 670336.1 58.6 ========= FINAL SCORE 34.5
So if we believe Gandi.net, basic Amazon EC2 and Gandi instances have roughly the same power. But later I found the following Gandi benchmark, which shows much lower results that Amazon's:
TEST BASELINE RESULT INDEX Dhrystone 2 using register variables 376783.7 571267.5 15.2 Double-Precision Whetstone 83.1 1185.4 142.6 Execl Throughput 188.3 274.2 14.6 File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 2672.0 10814.0 40.5 File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1077.0 4200.0 39.0 File Read 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 15382.0 43346.0 28.2 Pipe Throughput 111814.6 110113.0 9.8 Pipe-based Context Switching 15448.6 15650.0 10.1 Process Creation 569.3 479.3 8.4 Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 44.8 59.9 13.4 System Call Overhead 114433.5 183354.8 16.0 ========= FINAL SCORE 20.4
But I didn't want to test myself Gandi Hosting because I would have needed to create an account and pay an initial fee of 14 Euros, just for playing 30 minutes with one server. With Amazon Web Services, running this benchmark cost me only $0.10 ! That's what I really find interesting with AWS: everything you use (CPU, Storage, ...) is billed on an hourly basis so it's very cheap for quick tests. And if tomorrow I want to run this benchmark on a "Medium High CPU" (5 times more CPU than a "small" instance) it will only cost me $0.20. But I admit that the big plus for Gandi Hosting is that bandwidth is free whereas you'll be billed up to $0.17 for each GB transferred on AWS.
If someone has more Gandi Hosting benchmarks, please tell me. (I compiled the benchmark with the default Makefile, without gcc optimizations).
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