Phoronix Test Suite Update Introduces New Features, Support
For Mac OS X
Phoronix Test Suite 1.4 allows for turnkey performance testing
across Linux, Sun OpenSolaris, FreeBSD, and Apple Mac OS X platforms by end-users,
ISVs, IHVs, OEMs, and ODMs.
Grand Rapids, MI -- November 3, 2008 -- Phoronix Media has announced
the immediate availability of its Q4'08 update to the Phoronix Test Suite, its
extensible open-source platform for conducting automated testing and benchmarking
by ISVs, IHVs, ODMs, OEMs, and end-users. Phoronix Test Suite 1.4 (codenamed "Orkdal")
adds support for Apple's Mac OS X operating system, new test profiles, support
for Cascading Test Profiles, enhanced software/hardware detection, WINE-based
tests, and run-time capabilities for Self-Contained Test Profiles. This quarterly
update to the Phoronix Test Suite has more than 200 changes since the Phoronix
Test Suite 1.2 "Malvik" release in September.
Those writing test profiles for Phoronix Test Suite 1.4+ are able
to run them on this unique testing platform across Linux, OpenSolaris, FreeBSD,
and Mac OS X operating systems. Phoronix Test Suite 1.4 provides full integration
with Apple Mac OS X, including support for Phoroix
Global, automated test installation, batch mode options, and detailed software/hardware
"Since the introduction of the Phoronix Test Suite earlier
this year we have been very pleased with the response from our users, including
the companies that have adopted our software to carry out automated testing and
performance profiling," said Michael Larabel, the founder of Phoronix Media.
"Orkdal has been in development since early September and we've incorporated many
changes and improvements throughout all areas of this test suite. What we focused
on most with this release was the support for Mac OS X, Cascading Test Profiles,
and Self-Contained Test Profiles. Several underlying improvements have also been
made to bolster the capabilities of the Phoronix Test Suite in future releases."
Phoronix Test Suite 1.4 also introduces a platform independent
micro-timer framework for use by test profiles, additional test suites, new XML
tags being added to the test profile specification, and new run-time options.
Cascading Test Profiles make it easy for test profiles to share common attributes
among tests. Self-Contained Test Profiles provide a file format where Phoronix
Test Suite tests are made easily redistributable and can be deployed by simply
clicking the file. The WINE-based testing support allows programs written for
Microsoft Windows to run on Linux and tested through the Phoronix Test Suite.
"The Phoronix Test Suite is a really nice piece of software
since it allows you to easily use a 'standard set' of benchmarks on a wide range
of systems. This will allow comparing how different machines perform under Linux
on a wide range of everyday tasks like compiling, encoding and gaming," said
Nils Kneuper, a German game developer. "Due to this PTS is a really great
tool to get an idea how capable the hardware is and might prove really useful
for many users."
The complete change-log for Phoronix Test Suite 1.4 is available
on this web page.
The next major update to the Phoronix Test Suite is scheduled for Q1'09 with the
Phoronix Test Suite 1.6 "Tydal" release. Additional information on the
Phoronix Test Suite 1.4 features is available in this
Download information and other details are available from the
Phoronix Test Suite web-site at http://www.phoronix-test-suite.com/.
About The Phoronix Test Suite:
Phoronix Media has developed the Phoronix Test Suite in conjunction
with leading tier-one computer hardware vendors. It seeks to standardize the process
of validating software and hardware on Linux and related 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 is Phoronix.com and it publishes Linux-based
hardware reviews, software previews, and driver analyses with more than 1,200
articles and 1,600 news postings. Other Phoronix Media assets include Phorogit.com,
PhoronixForums.com, Cekora.com, OpenBenchmarking.org, and RadeonHD.org.