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A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

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Published on 09 January 2014 02:44 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix
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Here's a look at the recent progress of the Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 user-interface.

As most Phoronix readers know, for the past month I've been over in Russia focusing on the early development work for the Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 "Plavsk" release. At the time of reading this I'm on the way back to America but here's an overview of the work done over the past month. There's still a lot of work ahead before the official Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 release in the months ahead, but here's a quick look at the UI work today. As always, your feedback is appreciated and always welcome on our industry-approved cross-platform open-source benchmarking software.

For those who are reading about "Plavsk" for the first time, early details are covered within Phoronix Test Suite 5.0's GUI To Make Benchmarking Easier and The Latest Work On The Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 UI. Those earlier articles cover the reasoning for going with an HTML5-driven UI for Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 over the GTK2 GUI of the past, the WebSocket server support coming to 5.0, and other features/changes.

The screenshots in this article are basically a progress report and there's a lot more that will be coming out soon; stay tuned!

A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

The HTML5 UI can be run remotely or on the system locally. Mobile versions of the UI are forthcoming and possible iOS/Android apps could come later. As with the rest of the Phoronix Test Suite, the UI is very easy to setup and deploy.

A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

The various hardware/software sensors are graphed in real-time, there's in-depth hardware/software details exposed, etc. Most of the important Phoronix Test Suite command-line (CLI) commands are implemented from the web UI but there's still a lot more to be done to make this UI functional for end-users in the weeks ahead.

A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

All the tests continued to be fetched from OpenBenchmarking.org. Estimated run-times and the most popular tests (based on others installing the test and other factors for gauging popularity) are also reported to automatically help guide users in choosing among the hundreds of benchmarks.

A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

It's also easy to sort the benchmarks in different ways...

A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

Pardon not having many results to show as an example, since I just did these screenshots from one of my new Intel ultrabooks while sitting in an airport.

A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

All the sensors from GPU utilization to CPU usage to the temperatures -- anything that can be queried via the Phodevi library -- is accessible in real-time over the WebSocket interface. Other Phodevi and graphing improvements are planned as work items for me in the weeks ahead.

A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

System logs can also be monitored via the web interface and queried over the WebSocket interface.

A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

More result viewing capabilities and features will be added in the weeks ahead.

A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

It's easy to look at all the different tests and to schedule a new test run.

A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

There's also individual "component areas" that show more detailed info on each component like the CPU governor, instruction set extensions, the sensors only for that component area, logs for that component, etc.

A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

Many other exciting features are still being developed. PTS 5.0 isn't going to be officially out until the end of Q1 or beginning of Q2.

A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

There's also extensive search options.

A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

The local search makes it easy as well to find a particular test and then all of your local results for that test.

A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

Stay tuned for many more articles in the weeks ahead covering other features being added.

A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0

There will also be some videos going over the Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 features and capabilities plus a wide assortment of other improvements still to be shared. These screenshots are just the tip of the iceberg on Phoronix Test Suite 5.0, which will greatly advance our leading open-source automated benchmarking/testing platform.

Any initial feedback, requests, etc can be directed to our forums or by contacting PTS commercial. Custom test development, engineering services, and professional support is available.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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