With Intel Xeon Sapphire Rapids expected to make more noise ahead, it’s a good time to review the Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 “Ice Lake” performance to see how Linux software performance has fared since last year’s launch. . In this article, you will find benchmarks of the May 2021 Xeon Platinum 8380 Dual Server with CentOS Stream, Clear Linux, and Ubuntu compared to current new installations of these latest Linux distribution releases.
In May 2021, after getting my hands on Xeon Scalable Ice Lake, I ran benchmarks with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, CentOS Stream 8, and Clear Linux 34630. On the same server, I revisited those benchmarks by running installations of the latest Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, CentOS Stream 9, and Clear Linux 36790 to see how open source software performance has evolved over the past year and a half.
This test was performed with the Xeon Platinum 8380 2P configuration on the Intel M50CYP2SB2U reference server platform, 16 x 32 GB of DDR4-3200 memory and an INTEL SSDPF21Q800GB NVMe solid state drive.
Whenever the OS under test has been properly installed and tested in its stock/out-of-the-box configurations on CentOS Stream, Clear Linux, and Ubuntu. So let’s see how Linux performance on Ice Lake has fared so far in its lifetime.