Linux Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 “Ice Lake” Performance One Year After Launch

This week marks one year since Intel officially introduced its Xeon Scalable “Ice Lake” processors led by the flagship Xeon Platinum 8380. Given the occasion, here are benchmarks reviewing Linux performance at launch on CentOS, Clear Linux and Ubuntu, then again against these latest Linux distros as they stand now to see how Linux performance has fared over the past year.

With the endless work on the Linux kernel and other open-source components like the GCC compiler, I was curious to see how the performance of the Xeon Platinum 8380 2P has evolved since launch, especially with the optimization work continuous support from Intel thanks to their large open-source pool of company engineers. Shortly after launching the Ice Lake server last year, I ran performance tests on:

Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS
-Ubuntu 21.04
– Erase Linux 34630
– CentOS 8 stream

For this new 2022 benchmark on the same Xeon Platinum 8380 2P server, I then ran the latest versions with:

– Ubuntu 22.04 LTS using a near-final daily snapshot from a few days ago.
– Clear Linux 36130 as the latest version of this Clear Linux streaming distro.
– CentOS Stream 9 as the last upstream CentOS stream state which will eventually be Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 (RHEL9).

The same hardware was used throughout these 2021/2022 tests including the Xeon Scalable Ice Lake reference platform, the two Xeon Platinum 8380 processors, 16 x 32 GB of DDR4-3200 ECC memory and 800 GB INTEL SSDPF21Q800 GB Optane SSD DC P5800X NVMe solid-state drive.

Each time the Linux distributions were freshly installed and benchmarked in their original configuration. Thanks to the Phoronix test suite per test profile version of each benchmark, the same benchmark versions and configuration have obviously been kept for this comparison of the 2021 launch against the current 2022 Linux performance for the flagship Xeon Platinum processors 8380. Dozens of different benchmarks have been performed to assess how the Intel Xeon Scalable Ice Lake performance has evolved since its launch.

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Steven L. Nielsen