Previously, I decided to benchmark my Raspberry Pi. Since I host this website on Amazon EC2, I started to wonder – could my Raspberry Pi theoretically host this website (ignoring the AWS tools, etc.)?
(Note: I have gotten some great questions and comments to this post and have investigated some of them with a followup.)
I used the Phoronix Test Suite along with the pts/nginx test to benchmark my Raspberry Pi and AWS instance. The
pts/nginx test builds Nginx 1.1 and then launches 500,000 requests in batches of 100 to determine the average number of requests the server can process per second.
My Pi is a “b” model with 256 MB of RAM running the latest build of Raspbian. I am using a 16GB “class 10” SD card and it’s connected to my CascadeLink account.
Hardware: Processor: ARMv6-compatible rev 7 @ 1.00GHz (1 Core), Motherboard: BCM2708, Memory: 184MB, Disk: 16GB SD Software: OS: Debian Linux 7.0, Kernel: 3.6.11+ (armv6l), Compiler: GCC 4.6, File-System: ext4, Screen Resolution: 720x480
My AWS instance is a 32-bit “micro” instance running the Amazon Linux AMI. The instance is in the Virginia data center.
Hardware: Processor: Intel Xeon E5430 @ 2.67GHz (1 Core), Memory: 603MB, Disk: 10GB Software: OS: Amazon Linux AMI 2010.11.2 (beta), Kernel: 126.96.36.199-56.40.amzn1.i686 (i686), Compiler: GCC 4.1.2 20080704, File-System: ext3, System Layer: Xen 3.1.2-128.1.10.el5 Hypervisor
I expected the AWS instance to win handily. Interestingly, the Pi won. By a lot.
Pi average – 498.02 requests/sec
EC2 average – 329.83 requests/sec
NGINX Benchmark 1.0.11: pts/nginx-1.1.0 Test 1 of 1 Estimated Trial Run Count: 3 Estimated Time To Completion: 51 Minutes Running Pre-Test Script @ 19:40:39 Started Run 1 @ 19:40:44 Started Run 2 @ 19:57:30 Started Run 3 @ 20:14:40 [Std. Dev: 1.30%] Running Post-Test Script @ 20:31:28 Test Results: 502.55 490.62 500.89 Average: 498.02 Requests Per Second
NGINX Benchmark 1.0.11: pts/nginx-1.1.0 Test 1 of 1 Estimated Trial Run Count: 3 Estimated Time To Completion: 1 Hour, 18 Minutes Running Pre-Test Script @ 13:10:05 Started Run 1 @ 13:10:13 Started Run 2 @ 13:33:31 Started Run 3 @ 14:02:11 [Std. Dev: 12.06%] Running Post-Test Script @ 14:29:10 Test Results: 375.66 304.53 309.3