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Thursday September 18, 2003
07:30 PM


[ #14775 ]

I noted previously that building perl on a dual G4/1.25 GHz / 1GB RAM was fast. Well, doing it on a dual G5/2.0 GHz / 2GB RAM is a lot faster. I set the processor peformance to "Highest" or whatever, from the default of automatic, because I am greedy. Building perl 5.8.0.

Configure -des, G4:

real    1m3.518s
user    0m19.540s
sys     0m38.910s

Configure -des, G5:

real    0m38.829s
user    0m15.650s
sys     0m20.830s

make -j3, G4:

real    5m24.854s
user    5m11.600s
sys     1m17.350s

make -j3, G5:

real    2m13.563s
user    3m29.540s
sys     0m48.700s

make -j3 test, G4:

real    7m35.339s
user    3m18.180s
sys     1m2.870s

make -j3 test, G5:

real    6m48.294s
user    4m9.670s
sys     0m36.290s

From beginning to end, the G4 did it all in 14:04. The G5 did it in 9:41. Taking away the tests, and it is more like 6:28 to 3:53.

Mmmmm, speedilicious.

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  • Just out of curiosity, it would be nice to know whether the traditional wisdom of overcommitting by one processor works (that is, is -j3 really faster than -j2), and also how much overovercommitting (-j4) trashes the systems?
    • I was kinda wondering the same thing myself ... but it takes so long to do each build, I don't want to spend the time doing the benchmarks! :-)

      make -j2, G5:

      real    2m11.921s
      user    3m26.660s
      sys     0m45.240s

      make -j3, G5:

      real    2m13.723s
      user    3m29.480s
      sys     0m49.440s

      make -j4, G5:

      real    2m25.240s
      user    3m31.290s
      sys     0m50.420s

      make -j10, G5:

      real    2m24.177s
      user    3

    • Just for the heck of it, on a dual proc Xeon/2.4GHz, also with 2GB RAM:

      make -j3, Xeon:

      real    1m29.770s
      user    3m57.040s
      sys     0m16.460s

      make -j5, Xeon:

      real    1m25.995s
      user    4m59.250s
      sys     0m18.930s

      This machine does "hyper-threading", so it thinks it has four processors even though it has only two, hence the -j5 run. Doesn't seem to make much difference. Anyway, this Xeon compiles perl faster than the G5, by a lot. I don't kn