Tag Archives: Benchmark

Linux Web Server Performance Benchmark – 2016 Results


I have previously performed a benchmark on a variety of web servers in 2012 and have had some people request that I redo the tests with newer versions of the web servers as no doubt a lot has likely changed since then.

Here I’ll be performing benchmarks against the current latest versions of a number of Linux based web servers and then comparing them against each other to get an idea of which one performs the best under a static workload.

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Gzip vs Bzip2 vs XZ Performance Comparison


Gzip, Bzip2 and XZ are all popular compression tools used in UNIX based operating systems, but which should you use? Here we are going to benchmark and compare them against each other to get an idea of the trade off between the level of compression and time taken to achieve it.

For further information on how to use gzip, bzip2 or xz see our guides below:

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Performance Difference Between NFS Versions

The Network File System (NFS) protocol has been around since the ’80s which is quite ancient in the realm of technology, and yet is still used widely. How has the performance of NFS changed over the years between the different versions?

Here we are going to compare the performance of NFS versions 2, 3, 4, and 4.1 to get idea of how things have progressed over time, the results are quite surprising.

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Windows NFS vs Linux NFS Performance Comparison

Both Windows and Linux operating systems are capable of acting as an NFS (Network File System) server, but which performs better? Here we are going to run various benchmarks on the two to see which performs better.

NFS has been around for a long time in UNIX based variants, and more recently Microsoft has added support within the Windows operating system, let’s find out how they compare.

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New Server Upgrade – A Scalable Solution

For some time now I have wanted to move this website over to a newer server in order to improve overall website load times around the world. First I’ll cover the old server, what I was looking for and how I decided on a provider.

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Raspberry Pi Heat Sinks – Temperature before and after

Raspberry Pi Heat Sinks

Raspberry Pi heat sinks – are these needed to keep things cool and running optimally or overkill? Two years ago I purchased a small 3 piece set of copper heat sinks from Ebay for my Raspberry Pi, I was intending to compare the temperature differences with and without them. This was inspired from the testing I did in my Raspberry Pi overclocking benchmarks however I just never got around to putting the heat sinks to use – until now!

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My upgrade to Windows 8 and a new SSD

Recently I decided to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8, and to coincide with this I went for a new SSD to use for the primary disk. I have been using an OCZ Vertex 2 for about 2 and a half years with no issues, however it was only 60gb which was a bit limiting, and a fair amount slower in comparison to SSD’s available today.

I bought a new Intel 520 Series 180gb SSD, opened up my PC case and swapped it with the OCZ Vertex 2.

ssd upgrade

Out with the old, in with the new.

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Raspberry Pi Overclock: Turbo Mode for increased performance

Today it has been announced that if you are using the Wheezy image of Raspbian you can update to allow dynamic overclocking without voiding warranty. I’ve been using my Raspberry Pi for a little while now and have begun to notice the CPU limitations when compiling code and performing other tasks so I jumped at the opportunity to give this a go. I’ll briefly go through the steps I went through in order to update the OS, as well as provide a basic benchmark that will display the changes.

Raspberry Pi benchmark graph

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Web Server Performance Benchmark

I’ve been benchmarking different web servers recently and this post contains all of my results as well as information on how the tests were performed during the process.

I have benchmarked Apache 2.2, Apache 2.4, Nginx, Lighttpd, Varnish, Litespeed, Cherokee and G-WAN web servers when running on 1 CPU core, 2 CPU cores, 4 CPU cores and 8 CPU cores while loading a 100 byte static HTML page to determine the difference between them in performance.

2016 Update: I have run the tests again with up to date web server versions in 2016.

Web server performance benchmark

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Performance difference between IIS 7.5 and IIS 8

Windows IIS Benchmark

Here is a quick benchmark of IIS 7.5 and IIS 8 to get an idea of the performance difference between these two Microsoft web servers for Windows on different numbers of CPU cores and different levels of concurrent connections. IIS 7.5 was tested on Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter, while IIS 8 was tested on the Release Candidate of Windows Server 2012.

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