Phoronix Test Suite 4.8-Sokndal Nears Release
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix on 25 July 2013 at 12:16 AM EDT. 1 Comment
The fourth milestone release of Phoronix Test Suite 4.8-Sokndal is now available ahead of the planned official 4.8 release in August.

It was only last week that Phoronix Test Suite 4.8 Milestone 3 was released with improved GPU identification, OpenGL frame latency reporting, and other new features. However, out already is Phoronix Test Suite 4.8 Milestone 4. There's a couple changes to this new release but it's mostly to serve as a final call for any feedback, user testing, and last minute requests for the 4.8 release. I'm looking at doing the stable Phoronix Test Suite 4.8 release in the next week or two.

Aside from the OpenGL frame latency / jitter testing, more advanced GPU identification, and various other features, there's min / max FPS reporting and other new capabilities. Phoronix Test Suite 4.8 serves as the 2013'Q3 quarterly update to our open-source cross-platform benchmarking software and framework.

After the release of Phoronix Test Suite 4.8, Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 development will begin right away with some very exciting changes.

Among the changes to find out of Phoronix Test Suite 4.8 Milestone 4 include:

- ECS and eVGA graphics cards are now reported as part of the expanded AMD/NVIDIA AIB vendor detection support added in 4.8 Milestone 3.

- Small changes to retain compatibility with Facebook's HHVM 2.1 HipHop Virtual Machine as an alternative to the reference PHP5.

- Test profile download XML files can now specify SHA256 hash sums on top of MD5.

- Phoronix Test Suite 5.x codenames of Plavsk, Khanino, Lipki, Dedilovo, and Belev have been added. While PTS codenames up to this point were Norwegian cities and using one county/state per major development series, now PTS5 turns to Russia. PTS 5.x codenames are from the Tulskaya oblast region.

The latest Phoronix Test Suite benchmarking software for Linux, OS X, Hurd, BSD, and Solaris operating systems can be downloaded at Phoronix-Test-Suite.com. Commercial support and services are available.
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