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One month ago I detailed the construction process of building a new server room in my basement where Linux performance tests are constantly being done and it's up to about 50 systems running down there. While initially there weren't any thermal concerns, now that it's getting warmer here in the midwest of the United States, temperatures are quickly rising... Here's the steps I did to add some power venting to the basement and already it's sharply dropped the temperatures in this server farm.
30 April 2015 - Part 1: Intake Fan - 5 Comments
With Btrfs recently landing RAID 5/6 improvements and other enhancements, I've been working on some fresh Btrfs RAID benchmarks using the Linux 4.0 kernel.
30 April 2015 - RAID 0/1 - 9 Comments
For those curious about the many hardware components powering "the basement server room" with continuous open-source and Linux benchmarking, here's a list of the key components that have made it thus far.
30 April 2015 - Benchmark Server Room - 1 Comment
It was just last month that our new, large-scale test farm was completed while already it's being expanded... Another 42U rack is being added to allow for more systems to go through rigorous benchmarking via the Phoronix Test Suite's Phoromatic.
23 April 2015 - More Systems! - 6 Comments
Going back many months there's been work on adding ACPI support to ARM64/AArch64. That long journey may now be wrapping up with a pending pull request for landing full ACPI support for 64-bit ARM in Linux 4.1.
23 April 2015 - ARM64 ACPI - 7 Comments
There's yet more to talk about with regard to the Linux 4.1 kernel and some of the latest patches queued up for merging are the numerous ARM improvements.
22 April 2015 - ARM Platform
My favorite computer desk of the past decade, and arguably my favorite ever, is back on sale and costing less than $100. In the past few years I've bought at least eight of them according to my transaction history and I continue to be very pleased by their quality and price.
22 April 2015 - Less Than $100 - 19 Comments
For those running Linux on Apple MacBook Pro laptops that have both Intel HD Graphics and a discrete NVIDIA GPU, there's new patches underway for proper GPU switching support.
21 April 2015 - GPU Switching - 7 Comments
With the recent big update to ZFS On Linux I've begun running some new ZFS Linux file-system tests. Today are just some preliminary numbers from running ZOL 0.6.4 with various RAID levels across six 300GB H106030SDSUN300G 10K RPM SAS drives.
21 April 2015 - ZFS On Linux - 12 Comments
Launched this week on Kickstarters was Endless Computers, a $169 Linux PC for the developing world. Quite quickly the project has already surpassed its $100k USD goal.
18 April 2015 - Endless Computers - 28 Comments
Takashi Iwai sent in his sound driver updates for Linux 4.1, which includes major modernization with the standard bus for ALSA in the sequencer core and HD-audio code.
16 April 2015 - Linux 4.1 Audio/Sound - 51 Comments
It's going on one month now that our massive new server/benchmarking Linux and open-source benchmarking farm has been operational. So far things are going great and continuing to churn out a lot of performance data for the very latest Git code of the Linux kernel, Mesa, LLVM/Clang, and other projects on a daily basis.
15 April 2015 - Linux Benchmarking - 9 Comments
While usually not presenting any major features each release cycle, the libata feature pull request for Linux 4.1 is a bit more interesting this time around.
14 April 2015 - NCQ Autosense - 6 Comments
As part of the work towards allowing easy UEFI/BIOS updates from the Linux desktop in a standardized manner, Richard Hughes has been developing the new fwupd component.
10 April 2015 - fwupd - 2 Comments
Allwinner has been taking a lot of heat lately for violating open-source licenses with their Linux binary blob components. They then got caught obfuscating their code to try to hide their usage of open-source code, shifted around their licenses, and has continued jerking around the open-source community.
1 April 2015 - Allwinner Open-Source Violations - 22 Comments
In continuation of this morning's article about Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room that detailed my month-long process of building out the new Linux automated benchmark server room, here's details on the software deployment side.
29 March 2015 - Phoromatic - 2 Comments
When constantly benchmarking dozens of systems daily in a fully-automated manner there's one issue particularly on Ubuntu that's proved over the past few months to be most annoying...
26 March 2015 - Silly Booting Issue - 23 Comments
While Allwinner has been caught violating the (L)GPL and resulted in obfuscating their code and playing around with their advertised licenses, now this ARM vendor is taking things a step further.
25 March 2015 - Open-Source Jerks - 32 Comments
Libinput 0.13 was released today as one of the final steps before Libinput 1.0.
24 March 2015 - libinput - 3 Comments
A new Apple Mac Mini happened to arrive at Phoronix that sports Intel Iris Graphics. It's now time to start benchmarking this Apple system with Intel Core i5 processor and run some comparative tests against Linux.
22 March 2015 - OS X vs. Linux vs. Windows? - 32 Comments
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