Observations On Long-Term Performance/Regression Testing
At the Ubuntu Developer Summit later this month in Orlando for the Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" release, it looks like performance testing may finally be discussed at length by Canonical and the Ubuntu developers.
Brought up in this ubuntu-devel thread are comments like:
I'm extremely interested in having the various sub-team come up with standard measurements so that when people make changes to performance, we can actually see it across all of these well-defined workloads.
Any of this sound familiar? We can already achieve this with the Phoronix Test Suite and Phoromatic. Heck, we already do this with our Ubuntu Daily Tracker (as well as the Linux Kernel Daily Tracker) where the respective components are benchmarked automatically on a daily basis across multiple systems in an effort to spot regressions. We have already been doing this for a number of months and have been trying to collaborate with Canonical.
This Phoronix Test Suite driven stack is easily extensible and with Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 and other advancements arriving with Iveland, the realm of possibilities for automated testing will be driven even further.
To address some of our observations on long-term, automated testing, Matthew Tippett has written a document outlining some of our findings. This can be read as the Phoromatic Long Term Testing Study.
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