I have to make some heavy computations these days. It gives me a chance to compare the computing power of my two computers.
On both machines, I have the same version of MySQL. The program, written in Perl, conducts some complex calculations based on MySQL data.
It is interesting to observe that my Macbook Pro actually performs better than my Dell Server. The above figure shows 5 random sampling points, at which I count how many data records have been processed since last sampling. Macbook constantly beats Dell.
Here are the specs:
Dual Quad-Core Xeon CPU 2.33GHz, 32GB Memory, 1T HDD, Windows 7 64 Bit
Core 2 Duo Intel CPU 2.8GHz, 8GB Memory, 500G HDD, Snow Leopard 64 Bit
Due to the nature of the program, only 1 CPU-Core can be used, this may explain the disadvantage of Dell. (Although it has 8 cores, 4 times that of the Macbook Pro.)
A few more hours of data keep supporting the advantage of Macbook: