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What Does Linux Benchmarking Look Like?

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Published on 25 April 2009 08:29 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix
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What does benchmarking a Dell Inspiron Mini 9, a Radeon HD 4890 graphics card with Intel Core i7, and dual quad-core AMD Opterons look like? Well, if the systems are running Linux, BSD, OpenSolaris, or Mac OS X, it can look like this:

What Does Linux Benchmarking Look Like?

Do you see any of those systems out in the lemon grove? Nope. As was shared earlier this month, with Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 (a.k.a. "Sandtorg") and the introduction of Phoromatic and PTS Linux Live, we will seek to take computer benchmarking (primarily for Linux and the free software operating systems) to a whole new level. Heck, for the test administrator, the Linux benchmarking experience can look like this:

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With Phoromatic, there are no geographical boundaries for where you can manage your testing. When tests are done, you can be notified by via e-mail or to your mobile device. I happen to be in Italy, but using the latest Phoronix Test Suite code and the Phoromatic management system that soon will be shared with the public, I am able to effectively manage tests of systems back in the office in the United States.

While some companies may already have conceived such systems in a highly proprietary environment, this is freely available and uses an open standard. Wherever you are located with an Internet connection, you will be able to easily and effectively run qualitative and quantitative tests in a clean, reproducible, and easy-to-use manner. It's already easy right now with the Phoronix Test Suite in hand, but there is a whole lot more coming down the pipeline.

For some of what is to come in just the next few months, read driving Linux-based benchmarking. Now it's off to carry out some "benchmarking" at the local winery. It's really that easy, so how will companies and open-source projects be able to resist looking more closely at their performance under Linux?

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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