In recent days, a number of enhancements have been committed to the open-source Phoronix Test Suite software and the OpenBenchmarking.org collaborative web-based platform. One of the latest OpenBenchmarking.org features is that -- in conjunction with the Phoronix Test Suite pts-core engine -- it can now determine and track for any test profile what CPU instruction set extensions can be taken advantage of (e.g. AVX, FMA4, SSE4, etc) on advanced Intel/AMD x86_64 CPUs, what OpenGL extensions a program actually uses, and what libraries are dynamically linked to from a given test binary.
For now with this data it's being exposed via the OpenBenchmarking.org web-site on select test profile pages -- e.g. OpenSSL, John-The-Ripper, x264, and C-Ray. So this allows more information when you are manually deciding what tests to run, but this is moving in the direction of the Phoronix Test Suite being able to query from OpenBenchmarking.org what tests should be run depending upon what component(s) you are wanting to test and the installed hardware/software.
searching for a processor) and going forward if say you wanted to benchmark your CPU, OpenBenchmarking.org will be able to make intelligent recommendations from the growing list of test profiles on what would be good tests to run to best stress the processor. The instruction set monitoring is in addition to already tracking what test profiles are multi-threaded friendly, etc.
More work in this area will be happening to the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org in the coming weeks and months. Like with most everything in the Phoronix Test Suite, this determining of instruction set use, OpenGL extensions, shared library use, etc is all done automatically and in a turn-key manner without requiring extra input from users or test profile creators.
Phoronix-Test-Suite.com web-site with a new theme that works towards unifying the Phoronix / OpenBenchmarking.org brand as well as new and updated content on the benchmarking software's web-site.
Since Phoronix Test Suite 4.0 Milestone 4, in the Git repository there's been many other enhancements and fixes for the 4.0-Suldal release. Right now the plan is to make the official Phoronix Test Suite 4.0-Suldal release next week.
Stay tuned for more forthcoming improvements to the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org. As always, feature requests, suggestions, and other comments on this Linux/BSD/Windows/Solaris software is welcome.