Phoronix News Archives
There's a surprising number of people curious about what the Phoronix office looks like from where hardware is tested and the Phoronix Test Suite developed, so here are a few humble photographs from last month that display this area.
7 March 2010 - Virtual Tour - 35 Comments
For those out there using the Phoronix Test Suite, the first (and likely only) point release for the 2.4 Lenvik release is now available. The 2.4.1 release incorporates a variety of bug-fixes and other work that was back-ported to Lenvik over the past two weeks.
18 February 2010 - New PTS Lenvik Update
As a reminder, this weekend is the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) that is being held in Los Angeles, California. This three day affair that's sponsored by the likes of Google and IBM has a wide array of talks, including one of our own. As the last talk on Saturday for Track C prior to the day's evening reception is a presentation by Matthew Tippett (the former ATI Linux manager) and myself entitled "Five Stages of Benchmark Loss: PTS and You."
17 February 2010 - SCALE - 4 Comments
One of the most common areas of feedback on Phoronix and also by those using the Phoronix Test Suite has been over the graphs that show our test / benchmark results. They're simple yet effective, however, as of late more parties have become interested in having these graphs display greater detail about the test results and other information. Fortunately, one of the major areas already being planned for Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 (to be introduced by the end of 2010) is a totally overhauled graphing interface.
14 February 2010 - Graphing - 7 Comments
Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 "Lenvik" was released earlier this month, but the first (and likely only) point release for this major release that brought many changes should be released. Phoronix Test Suite 2.4.1 will consist of various small fixes and cosmetic improvements that have been committed since the 2.4.0 Lenvik release. There may also be a new test profile if AMD commits its new OpenCL test in time.
12 February 2010 - New PTS Release - 6 Comments
Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 (codenamed "Lenvik") was released on Tuesday. Since then we have been quite pleased with the adoption of this new quarterly update and the new features and enhancements that it provides. There are also many new uploads on Phoronix Global, new registrations on Phoromatic, etc.
4 February 2010 - Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 - 13 Comments
Tomorrow we will be formally releasing Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 "Lenvik" as a quarterly update to our testing software that brings many major improvements. Later this month we will be releasing PTS Desktop Live 2010.1 "Anzhofen" as the second release of our Linux LiveDVD/USB distribution that is designed to carry out Linux benchmarking in a completely standardized software stack. This release is likely coming prior to our benchmarking talk in California. Anzhofen is the successor to PTS Desktop Live 2009.3 "Gernlinden", but for those unfamiliar with our benchmarking OS, here is an excerpt from our documentation:
1 February 2010 - PTS Netbook Live - 13 Comments
Since earlier this month I have received at least two dozen emails from individuals looking for a refund on software they claim to have purchased from us... What software? The Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and other software projects developed by Phoronix Media are free software. All of them claim it's for anti-virus software!
27 January 2010 - Headaches... - 19 Comments
I had intended for Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 Beta 2 to be the last development build for this release codenamed Lenvik, but things have changed. After continuing to do intensive, last minute work on Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 since the Lenvik Beta 2 release four days ago, a third beta has been warranted.
25 January 2010 - Yes, It Is So - 5 Comments
Just a week ago Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 went into beta, but now the second (and potentially last) beta release is available. Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 "Lenvik" brings a multitude of new features that are discussed in various Phoronix articles -- image quality comparison capabilities, support for mobile device/phone platforms, initial Windows support, and literally many other advancements to this benchmarking framework. However, I have decided to hold off on pushing a bulk of the Microsoft Windows 7 support until the Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 cycle at this point in time 2.4 Lenvik is in a rather clean and optimal state so I am pressed to release this major update a bit early.
22 January 2010 - Lenvik Beta 2
As the inaugural Phoronix Test Suite release for 2010, we have just released the first beta of the upcoming Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 "Lenvik" milestone. Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 is set to deliver initial Windows support, support for Palm webOS and other mobile devices, new test profiles, image quality comparison support, and many other new features that are detailed in this article.
14 January 2010 - Benchmarking Fun - 3 Comments
For those of you attending the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) next month in Los Angeles, Matthew Tippett and I will be hosting a talk. This talk is entitled "5 Stages of Benchmark Loss: PTS and You" and, of course, covers the Phoronix Test Suite software and its capabilities and more for autonomously testing Linux and other operating systems.
11 January 2010 - California Talk - 1 Comment
While I am technically away on a sabbatical that is focused on providing support for Microsoft Windows in the Phoronix Test Suite, which will make PTS the first full-featured, open-source testing framework that is compatible with Linux / BSD / OpenSolaris / OS X / Windows operating systems and its numerous test profiles, work on a new benchmark has also commenced.
28 December 2009 - Via PTS, Of Course - 4 Comments
Nearly two months ago I showed off the Phoronix Test Suite running on Windows 7 and later confirmed that the first bits of Windows compatibility within this leading open-source testing software would arrive with Phoronix Test Suite 2.4. The Windows 7 support is just the latest that is coming after the Linux, OpenSolaris, Mac OS X, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD operating systems are already well supported.
23 December 2009 - Microsoft Windows 7 - 21 Comments
Last week there was the release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 Alpha 2 and that was the last planned development release of "Lenvik" for 2009, but this evening a third alpha release has been made available. Phoronix Test Suite 2.4.0 Alpha 3 doesn't bring anything too exciting for end-users over the second alpha release, but most of the changes are internal to the pts-core benchmarking engine. This third alpha release is being put out in preparation for a big Windows push that will be announced tomorrow and then happen over the coming weeks.
22 December 2009 - Lenvik Alpha 3
Last week we rolled out Phoromatic Tracker as the public interface to our test farm and with the Phoromatic Tracker launch we made it possible for other projects and companies to build their own performance/regression trackers using our Phoromatic software in conjunction with the Phoronix Test Suite. Our initial reference implementation of Phoromatic Tracker was in the form of our kernel tracker that autonomously benchmarks the latest Linux 2.6 kernel code on a daily basis with about 50 benchmarks.
22 December 2009 - Phoromatic Tracker
While the plan was to release PTS Desktop Live 2009.4, the quarterly update to our Linux-based benchmarking operating system from a Live DVD/USB environment, shortly after the release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.2, this has not happened and it is not going to happen. I have decided not to make the release public of PTS Desktop Live 2009.4 (formerly codenamed "Loderhof"). I am just too bottlenecked at the moment and therefore cannot be certain that this OS update will far exceed my own personal goals and expectations for this release. Instead, these efforts will be diverted to ensuring a rock-solid release of PTS Desktop Live 2010.1, which is codenamed Anzhofen.
17 December 2009 - Loderhof
As of this morning the second alpha release for Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 "Lenvik" is available for PC benchmarking and testing. Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 Alpha 2 brings many changes, including but not limited to, GTK GUI improvements, test result merging improvements, new command options (analyze-image-delta and analyze-linear-tracker), support for soon-to-be-announced Phoromatic features, and many enhancements to bilde_renderer (our image rendering library that's used for generating the JPG/PNG/SVG/SWF graphs) and in particularly vastly improving the SVG renderer back-end.
15 December 2009 - Plus Many Other Changes - 2 Comments
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13 December 2009 - Phoronix - 3 Comments
Back in October we made it possible to autonomously find performance regressions in a project's code-base by leveraging the Phoronix Test Suite atop Git's bisect command. A new Phoronix Test Suite module was created that would automatically run a binary search on a defined code-base and keep running the specified test(s) on each revision and then traverse to the next using Git bisect until the lone commit causing the defined regression was located. In that article we demonstrated this module by finding the commit that caused a serious performance drop for EXT4 by default in the Linux 2.6.32 kernel. While this feature is great for finding a regression that occurred at some point in the past, with the Phoronix Test Suite you can find regressions nearly in real-time now that Phoromatic is available to the public.
10 December 2009 - Phoronix Linux Kernel Test Farm - 12 Comments
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