Phoronix Media Releases Major Phoronix Test Suite Update
Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 is poised to significantly enrich the Linux and
open-source benchmarking landscape with its major enhancements and new features.
Chicago, IL -- February 2, 2010 -- Phoronix
Media has announced the immediate release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 (codenamed
"Lenvik"), as the latest update to their open-source testing framework
that delivers immediate and measurable advantages to its customers. The Phoronix Test
Suite 2.4 software is compatible with a greater number of operating systems, introduces
support for mobile platforms, offers a new range of test profiles, and other features
to further solidify its premiere position within the computer benchmarking industry.
Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 is the product of more than 180 changes since the release
of Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 in November of 2009. Notable features include:
New Operating System Support: The Phoronix Test Suite has
enhanced compatibility with *BSD operating systems including FreeBSD 8.0, OpenBSD,
and NetBSD. Support on the Sun OpenSolaris operating system has also improved.
Additionally, the Phoronix Test Suite is now supported on Palm webOS and Optware
mobile platforms. The Phoronix Test Suite engine (pts-core) also features initial
support for Microsoft Windows 7 while greater compatibility and official support
will be introduced in a later release of the Phoronix Test Suite.
Image Quality Comparisons: Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 introduces
a new type of test profiles that facilitate support for performing image quality
comparisons (IQC) on OpenGL applications and other graphics-driven environments.
The Phoronix Test Suite is able to autonomously handle visual screenshots with
per-frame accuracy and then carry out comparisons between tests in a side-by-side
fashion. The Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 release also offers an introductory set of
tools for individually analyzing the captured images on a pixel-basis to look
for artifacts or rendering differences. Image quality comparison test profiles
are initially available for the Nexuiz and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars tests. Further details are shared in Going Beyond Just Measuring Frame Rates.
New Test Profiles: New tests that have been added in Phoronix
Test Suite 2.4 include GCrypt, Bullet Physics Engine, Himeno Pressure Solver,
FS-Mark, CompileBench, Unpack-Linux, Unigine Heaven, Battery-Power-Usage, Idle-Power-Usage,
x264, and the VDrift FPS Monitor. Many other test profiles have been updated and
received other contributions.
Other Changes: Improvements in Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 have
also been made to the graphing, system sensor monitoring, Phodevi, Phoromatic,
pts-core module architecture, the SVG renderer, and other components. There is
also new network download engine, new testing safeguards, and additions to the
GTK2 graphical user-interface.
"With the Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 release we provide over 130 test profiles
and 53 test suites atop our updated testing framework that continues to receive
much praise and adoption throughout the world," said Michael Larabel, founder
of Phoronix Media and the lead architect of the Phoronix Test Suite. "Yet
again we are continuing to push the limits for what's possible with automated
benchmarking not only on Linux but other supported operating systems too."
Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 is available from Phoronix-Test-Suite.com.
Installations of the Phoronix Test Suite across multiple test systems can be managed
through Phoromatic. An update to the
PTS Desktop Live operating system
will be released in February of 2010 followed by the first release of PTS Netbook
Live. The next major update to the Phoronix Test Suite is scheduled for release
in the second quarter of 2010.
About The Phoronix Test Suite:
Phoronix Media develops the Phoronix Test Suite in conjunction with leading
computer hardware and software vendors. It seeks to standardize the process of
validating software and hardware on Linux and alternative operating systems by
providing the most comprehensive testing and benchmarking platform. The Phoronix
Test Suite makes it easy for hardware vendors to test an array of software relevant
to them in an autonomous manner while being highly configurable and providing
concise results. Software vendors benefit from being able to test their software
in an efficient manner for performance tuning and regression tracking, generate
new users of their products through the Phoronix Test Suite, and provide a direct
channel to hardware vendors validating against their software using this test
suite. Consumers are able to benefit from the Phoronix Test Suite by detecting
bottlenecks within their system and experience greater vitality on the Linux Operating
System from a standardized test specification.
About Phoronix Media:
Phoronix Media was founded in 2004 and is the largest Internet resource devoted
to enriching the Linux hardware experience. Its premiere web property, Phoronix.com,
publishes Linux-based hardware reviews, software previews, and driver analyses
with more than 1,600 articles and 2,400 news postings. Other Phoronix Media assets
include the Phorogit.com, PhoronixForums.com, Foodstruments.com, Cekora.com, and
press [at] phoronix-media.com