Linpack Wars – Battle of the Androids…update and more

The boys have done it again and the Nexus One, more specifically, TheDudesAndroid’s JP1, is moving up the Linpack Android Top 10.

For the past few days, certain members of the Android development community have been pushing the limits of the Nexus One to see just how super this “superphone” is.

During their first round of attempts, the JP1 made it to the #10 spot with a Mflops score of 22.186. Yesterday, Android developer Chris Soyars blogged about their most recent victory: the JP1 has rested it’s tired feet in the #7 spot knocking a few Droids down the charts and tying an EeePC 701 (#6) at a very impressive 33.416Mflops.

In all reality, the Dude’s JP1 should be in 2nd place. The EeePC 701 that it tied with is a x86 machine and the first 4 spots are occupied by VMs and a Droid that reported an obvious false score of 50.592. So the JP1 has only one Droid left to contend with and the guys aren’t giving up.

TheDudesAndroid Nexus One is currently being powered by a heavily modified and overclocked Linux 2.6.33 kernel by @kmobs, and an extremely stripped down build of Android by @ChrisSoyars. I’d like to thank everybody who has made this possible, especially those putting their phones at a great risk all in the name of awesomeness (and maybe a little science). I think it’s safe to say we are playing with one of the fastest phones on the market right now, but I have not really done much research to back that.

In my last post, I explained the significance of what they were doing and a little about the Linpack scoring system. Well, I had a conversation with TheDudesAndroid last night and for those of you that don’t know how all of this started, he broke it down for me.

Originally this was just a “friendly” little bet between WootRoot and TheDudesAndroid that a 2.0GHz kernel would or wouldn’t work on the Nexus One. Somehow WootRoot convinced Kmobs to build the kernel (I have a feeling Chris Soyars also played a part in that) and WootRoot bet TheDudesAndroid $50 that he could boot his Nexus, send a tweet and play a video before his phone melted.

WootRoot tried. It didn’t work. But it also didn’t melt. Kmobs got curious and toyed around with frequencies and voltages and they went from 1.113GHz (which was supposed to be the stable max) to 1.267GHz. Of course, it wasn’t until Acsteffy87 decided to run the kernel on his Nexus as well, that TheDudesAndroid found his “courage” and booted it on his too. (I think I’m going to be in trouble for that, lol.) 😛 At first, only The Dude’s Nexus would overclock to 1.267GHz and for that reason, it was dubbed the “JesusPhone” or JP1.

The rest is history…in the making. 😉

Follow the guys on Twitter to see what happens next. Links to their pages: @kmobs, @TheDudesAndroid, @Acsteffy87, @ChrisSoyars and @WootRoot

Let us and the guys know what you think about what they’re doing…leave a comment.

Source: Chris Soyars’ Blog, Benji Hertel (TheDudesAndroid), GreeneComputing