Benchmarking the Beaglebone Black
Two years ago I took a great seminar (graduate class) by Prof. Ayse Coskun (her last name is pronounced “Josh-Kun”) that covered heterogeneous computer architectures, including things like server design incorporating different types of processors and single-die CPUs with multiple architectures on one chip. The Beaglebone Black is a much more exotic CPU than most hobbyists realize, since it is a “1.5.5 core” processor due to the two Programmable Realtime Units inside. These two sub-cores share a memory access bus with the main core but can function independently otherwise and over the past several years Texas Instruments has finally provided some support for programming these things.
Phoronix is fantastic because it is easy to use and produces the nice blue horizontal-bar graphs that are in my report. I highly recommend it. To create the other multicolored vertical graphs I used Google Docs’ spreadsheet program, and the whole report was produced in Google Docs.
Link to PDF: BeagleboneBlackBenchmarks