Phoronix Test Suite 3.4-Lillesand Milestone 2
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix on 15 August 2011 at 11:58 AM EDT. Add A Comment
The second milestone/development release of Phoronix Test Suite 3.4-Lillesand is now available to those wishing to benchmark their Linux, BSD, Solaris, Hurd, Mac OS X, and Windows systems. Phoronix Test Suite 3.4 Milestone 2 features several improvements over last month's first development release of this next major version that's codenamed Lillesand.

As previously mentioned, Phoronix Test Suite 3.4 introduces new results visualizations, support for the GNU Hurd operating system, greater mobile device support, and the new MATISK module for setting up automated context-based benchmarking (e.g. easily benchmark hundreds or thousands of revisions of a particular code-base). Plus there's also other improvements as talked about in the first milestone announcement.

As far as what's new to Phoronix Test Suite 3.4 Milestone 2, there is Phodevi improvements, greater documentation, an important result parser fix that affects some test profiles, code cleaning, and a number of internal fixes.

The improvements to Phodevi (the Phoronix Device Interface library) includes greater Linux PCI audio detection support and support for now discovering wired and wireless network adapters. The network adapters are now being reported to the system hardware area in the Phoronix Test Suite. Phodevi also has better support for detecting a few niche/obscure file-system configurations and for better reporting of virtualization platforms.

Phoronix Test Suite 3.4 will still be officially released this quarter. The plan, of course, is to release it before Oktoberfest 2011 and likely prior to XDC2011, which takes place a week before the start of the great Munich festival and Phoronix meet-up. Therefore, 3.4-Lillesand is expected to strike in early September. There may be a third milestone release before 3.4 is officially released, but overall it's in great shape right now. There's just a bit more feature work I hope to have committed prior to this major quarterly release, including some OpenBenchmarking.org enhancements.

Download the latest stable and development releases of this open-source benchmarking software at Phoronix-Test-Suite.com.
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