Linus Torvalds switches to AMD to compile faster!


It has been rumored many times with the distribution that Linus Torvalds uses, or your hardware equipment. This time it was Torvalds himself who made an interesting statement while releasing the new Linux 5.7-rc7 version. The text published in the LKML was quite normal, without anything remarkable, but he took the opportunity to talk about his new team ...

Linus Torvalds assures that now uses an AMD CPU, something that has not happened in the 15 years that he has been using Intel. However, the aspirations of Linus Torvalds, and of many, are to abandon x86 and go permanently to the efficient ARM. In fact, there have been many Linus' criticism of Intel, especially because of the vulnerabilities of its chips. But for the moment, x86 is what it takes to have a powerful PC.

In the LKML statement you could read: «The most exciting thing about this week for me is that I upgraded my main machine, and for the first time in 15 years my desktop computer does not use Intel. No, I haven't switched to ARM yet, but now I'm enjoying an AMD Threadripper 3975X. My 'allmodconfig' test builds are now three times faster than they used to be, something that doesn't matter much now during the lull, but I will definitely notice during the next change window.«.

These 'allmodconfig' builds that Linus Torvalds is talking about are builds of the Linux kernel with all modules enabled for testing, which means a lot of weight when compiling, and where AMD's processing beast is helping you compile up to 3 times faster. And I am not surprised, since the Zen 2 microarchitecture is a marvel, and its 32 cores with 64 parallel threads are no less ...

From the company of the green logo they are sure to be delighted with the tremendous advertising that you just did nothing less than a guru like Linus Torvalds ...

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  1.   neules said

    You are right! I was not very sure whether to switch to AMD but between the fact that my graphics is now AMD (free radeon driver) and I wanted to change the CPU ... thanks to comments like Linus' sometimes you get carried away if you are undecided ... anyway, I knew beforehand that the Threadripper were a beast but not that to compile they would go so well. I will keep looking at it, but more and more I am targeting those companies that support opensource

  2.   Edgardo colombo said

    I am glad that Linus Torvalds is considered a guru. His contribution, as promoter and creator of Free Software, has been exemplary and not only benefited the computer world, but all of humanity. A single example of the above is that it made it possible for millions of people with minimal monetary resources to be able, with old machines and of very little value, to access the computer universe and the Internet. On the other hand, despite his youth, he paved the way for millions of programmers who helped to disperse and democratize knowledge, not only of Computer Science but also of content, such as Science, Culture, Art, Technology, and many etceteras. Steve Jobs and he are for me the greatest exponents of Information Technology.
    I urge those who read me and can help in any way, to help convince the Judicial Powers (of the Nation and the provinces) of my beloved Argentine Republic to use Free Software in their on-line Management Systems to enable lawyers and their clients (in short, the entire population) have safe, efficient, low-cost, fast systems with a short learning curve.
    I clarify that my profession is not Computer Science, but Law. Being both disciplines united by Logic.