November was a fairly interesting month at Phoronix with an increased number of articles (thanks directly to our advertisers) and some particularly interesting tests: five years of Linux kernel benchmarks, compiler benchmarks of GCC/LLVM/Clang/DragonEgg, a look at at a Linux kernel patch to improve responsiveness, ZFS Linux benchmarks, Solaris 11 benchmarks, the newest ATI Gallium3D driver, a historical look at Fedora's performance, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 benchmarks, among other articles. However, December should be another interesting month at Phoronix too.
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For those of you that use Phoromatic, our web-based remote test management system to the Phoronix Test Suite, the public web-site is now accessible via HTTPS (Phoromatic.com) and in the latest Git code for the Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" release the test result / system log communication to the server is done via HTTPS as well. This has been of interest to some organizations that may be testing unreleased hardware or software while using our non-Intranet version of Phoromatic and is coming just a week after OpenBenchmarking.org received some improvements, including HTTPS support.
If you're seeing this message here, you have reached our new server for Phoronix.com. The new server for Phoronix.com as part of the new Phoronix Media infrastructure for empowering OpenBenchmarking.org, Phoronix Test Suite, etc, went live this afternoon on 20 November.
Only ten days have passed since the first Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 Alpha release, but in time for the weekend there is the second alpha release. As I shared earlier this week about what's going on with Iveland and OpenBenchmarking.org, there is a lot going on. All of the latest work can be found in Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" Alpha 2.
If you've had a hard time accessing Phoronix.com this morning, you're not the only one. The main Phoronix web-server is getting clobbered at the moment. This is due to lots of attention to the small Linux kernel patch that is doing wonders to the desktop in terms of enhancing the system responsiveness/interactivity under CPU load. The main Phoronix.com server CPU load should be back to normal shortly, but fortunately this will be less of a problem in the future.
For those that don't subscribe to the Phoronix Test Suite mailing list, there is a new announcement: Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" Alpha 1 has been released.
For those interested in the development activity of Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland", here's an update as to the progress with a few notes.
This morning on Phoronix you may notice that there are no ads being served on Phoronix and you are able to view entire articles on a single page. Well, this is a preview of Phoronix Premium.
Earlier this week I shared part of the vision that Matthew Tippett and I have for OpenBenchmarking.org (the next-generation version of Phoronix Global) and how it will change Linux benchmarking when launched with Phoronix Test Suite 3.0. One of the features of OpenBenchmarking.org / Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" is a major overhaul to the result graphs. Here's a preview of what's to come and we welcome your feedback.
The below logo (intentionally blurred for now) was spotted at Oktoberfest... What is it? Well, something new to be announced next month that as one of those hearing the talk said, "Scheiße! This will cause the most transparent benchmarks in the industry."
With the X Developers' Summit this week happening in Toulouse there are around 50 developers responsible for a majority of the work that goes on within the open-source Linux graphics scene from the open ATI and Intel drivers to the Wayland Display Server and planning of Mesa and DRI2, among many other topics. I'm sure many of you have questions for them (see the attendance list) whether it's about the future of their given project or views on a particular matter. If you do, ask them in this forum thread from the comments link below.
For those using our Phoronix Test Suite for performance benchmarking, regression monitoring, or running other automated tests atop our open-source platform/framework, the 2.8.1 update to "Torsken" is out this morning. There's just a couple of small bug-fixes since the 2.8 release less than two weeks ago.
There is just two weeks to go until Munich's 177th Oktoberfest gets underway (though it's the 200 year anniversary) and again there will be a Phoronix presence this year at Oktoberfest.
Last week when releasing Phoronix Test Suite 2.8 Beta 2 I anticipated it being the last development release for this next major update to the Phoronix Test Suite that's codenamed Torsken, but things have changed. Due to a number of commits over the past week bringing both bug-fixes, new test profiles, and some minor feature enhancements, a third beta release has been made available and the final Phoronix Test Suite 2.8 release is expected to follow next week.
The second beta release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.8 (a.k.a. Torsken), which may also serve as the last development milestone, is now available. This release brings GTK2 GUI improvements, various bug-fixes, a new OpenGL 3.2 and OpenCL benchmark, and a new multi-threaded path tracing benchmark.
The Phoronix Test Suite is one of the few mainstream projects that uses PHP-GTK, a PHP5 extension that provides bindings for the GTK+ tool-kit on the desktop, for its user-interface. Unfortunately, PHP5-GTK packages can be found in very few distribution repositories even while the Phoronix Test Suite can be found in most any modern distribution.
In preparation for a stable release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.8 "Torsken" later this month or in early September, Phoronix Test Suite 2.8 Beta 1 has been released this afternoon. This newest development release continues to build upon the many internal changes introduced in the two prior alpha builds in preparation for some major features to be introduced with Phoronix Test Suite 3.0.
A few months back we began publishing some open-source Windows benchmarks once the Phoronix Test Suite started picking up Microsoft Windows 7 x64 support to join Linux, FreeBSD, OpenSolaris, and Mac OS X as another supported testing platform. We had published Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 benchmarks and then a benchmarking threesome of Windows, Ubuntu, and Mac OS X. We had also benchmarked EXT4 vs. the NTFS file-system while the real loser throughout all of this testing was the Intel Linux graphics driver as being the really sore spot for Linux performance when compared to Windows throughout all of our tests. A new set of Windows vs. Linux benchmarks are to be carried out over the next week or two and we will be running even more tests this time around.
For a fourth year we will once again be hosting the annual Linux Graphics Survey at Phoronix. This survey is designed to quantify what areas of the Linux graphics stack that end-users are most interested in, the popularity of the different Linux drivers and hardware in use, and to collect other metrics of interest to developers and other stakeholders.
It's been nearly a month since the release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.8 Alpha 1, so it's about time that 2.8 Alpha 2 is released. As such, this morning Phoronix Test Suite 2.8 Alpha 2 (codenamed Torsken) was officially tagged and released. The code difference between these two development releases amounts to over 8,200 lines of changed code as it continues receiving preemptive work for Phoronix Test Suite 3.0.
Earlier this week I mentioned how the Phoronix Test Suite can use Btrfs to find regressions incredibly fast in conjunction with Phoromatic as part of our Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 efforts. For a while I've also been mentioning that a complete overhaul of Phoronix Global is in store for this Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 milestone that should be reached by year's end. While I'm not yet prepared to share many of those plans for Phoronix Global, there are some interesting statistics worth sharing about the Phoronix Test Suite and Phoronix Global usage up to this point.
After you're done reading about how Btrfs support within the Phoronix Test Suite and Phoromatic is going to make bisecting bugs / regressions go very fast, you may want to stop by Phoronix-Test-Suite.com as the first alpha release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.8 "Torsken" is now available.
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It's been about a month since releasing Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 (codenamed "Lyngen"), so now it's time to shed some details about the next major release.
It was on the 5th of June 2004 that I had founded Phoronix and it was two years ago that version 1.0 of the Phoronix Test Suite (codenamed "Trondheim") was officially released. So happy 6th birthday to Phoronix and this can also be celebrated as the 2nd birthday of our open-source automated benchmarking software.
The first and perhaps only point release for Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 "Lyngen" is now available. This 2.6.1 release, which is coming about two weeks after the availability of Phoronix Test Suite 2.6.0, largely brings bug-fixes but it also presents support for anonymously reporting installed software/hardware.
A month ago we began reporting some Linux hardware statistics from those Phoronix Test Suite users that utilize Phoronix Global for uploading their test results publicly so that they can share their benchmark scores with others and make it very easy for their friends or colleagues to compare their performance numbers via the Internet. In an effort to better track such hardware / software statistical information of the installed Linux base (as well as for other operating systems where the Phoronix Test Suite is supported), we are rolling out a new feature to expand upon this information.
The third -- and potentially final -- beta release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 "Lyngen" is now available. This release contains various fixes, more updates to the new PTS Results Viewer, graphing improvements, a new Phodevi sensor architecture, a Phodevi sensor that serves as a GPU fence counter, and a couple of other changes. There's also random bug-fixes.
If you've been noticing on Phoronix over the past day or so when loading pages, occasionally a large, horizontal ad loading on the left side of the web-site where the vertical "skyscraper" ads are appearing, please let us know. We haven't been able to reproduce this problem ourselves and our ad provider, IDG TechNetwork, has only had limited success in reproducing this problem -- it seems to mainly affect European readers. However, this certainly does obstruct the viewing process and is indeed a bug that we are looking for our ad provider to address as soon as possible.
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