When I did sysbench benchmarks 1 year ago I used a
4-socket server, a Linux kernel based on 2.6.18 and
MySQL 5.1. The sysbench readwrite numbers I got then
was around 2700. When I run the same benchmarks
now the numbers I get are 9300.
These improvements obviously comes from a mixture
of HW development, OS development (now using
a 2.6.31 based kernel) and MySQL development.
The machine is still a 4-socket server, the operating
system is still Linux and the database is still MySQL,
but the performance has improved by 245%. Needless
to say this is an extraordinary performance
improvement in just one year and clearly shows that
the both the HW industry and the open source SW
industry is quickly picking up on how to improve
performance using multi-core multi-socket servers.