I was curious how my home machine performs compared to my work machine. Each of these have 4 logical processors (and 8GB of RAM), so are sort of comparable. I also added the DigitalOcean VPS with those specs (currently $80 per month) because... why not.

Machine Specs

Each machine runs Debian testing (codename "jessie"). Following is the output of these commands for each machine:

uname --all
cat /proc/cpuinfo | sed --quiet '5p'

Home machine:

Linux thome 3.11-trunk-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.11-1~exp1 (2013-09-12) x86_64 GNU/Linux
model name      : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz

Work machine:

Linux twork 3.10-3-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.10.11-1 (2013-09-10) x86_64 GNU/Linux
model name      : AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 970 Processor

DigitalOcean VPS:

Linux tcloud 3.11-1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.11.5-1 (2013-10-17) x86_64 GNU/Linux
model name      : QEMU Virtual CPU version 1.0

CPython benchmarks

I ran two benchmarks, both from the latest VCS version of CPython, development branch:

$ hg identify --id --branch
b6a1a78818fe default

Build

Here's the command I used:

make distclean; time (./configure && make --silent --jobs=4)

Results

Home machine:

real    2m11.687s
user    3m18.104s
sys     0m9.964s

Work machine:

real    2m2.707s
user    2m24.200s
sys     0m12.280s

VPS:

real    2m30.931s
user    3m7.272s
sys     0m16.592s

Test suite

Here's the command I used:

time ./python -m test --multiprocess=0

--multiprocess=0 means that there will be 6 tests run in parallel; that is the number logical cores (4 in my case) + 2 (to avoid waiting too long for tests which are largely idle)

Results

Home machine:

real    3m42.571s
user    7m13.124s
sys     0m33.320s

Work machine:

real    2m29.957s
user    4m9.052s
sys     0m27.364s

VPS:

real    2m19.174s
user    5m5.444s
sys     0m40.008s

Linux kernel build

Just for kicks, I decided to check how long building Linux would take; for this, I used latest 'final' release from Linus' git tree:

$ git log -1
commit 6e4664525b1db28f8c4e1130957f70a94c19213e
Author: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Date:   Mon Sep 2 13:46:10 2013 -0700

Linux 3.11

Here's the commands I used:

make distclean && make defconfig && time make

Results

Home machine:

real    6m11.622s
user    21m2.664s
sys     1m15.324s

Work machine:

real    2m40.275s
user    8m55.624s
sys     0m42.860s

VPS:

real    3m41.240s
user    12m21.120s
sys     1m17.844s

Conclusion

My work machine is faster than the DigitalOcean offering of comparable specs, and much faster than my home machine, a laptop.

(detailed explanation of the output)