All tests were conducted on fresh installations of Red Hat Advanced Server 3.0, with the exception of a Red Hat Advanced Server 2.1 system that was upgraded to test the OS upgrade procedure. The x86 tests were conducted on an IBM eServer x335 with dual 3.06GHz P4 Xeon CPUs, 1.5GB of RAM, and two 36GB Ultra320 disks. The Itanium2 tests were conducted on an IBM eServer x450 with dual 1.6GHz Itanium 2 processors, 2GB of RAM, and two 36GB Ultra320 disks. The AMD tests were conducted on an MSI Master2-FAR mainboard with dual Opteron 2.2GHz 248 CPUs, 2GB RAM, and 120GB ATA133 disk.
The testing included standard installation and upgrade procedures, standard workload testing including Samba, Apache, and Sendmail, as well as file and network I/O testing. All tests were driven by custom Perl load scripts.