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Progress On The New Phoronix / Linux Benchmarking Test Farm
The LinuxBenchmarking.com cluster of benchmarking systems has been running for a few months now, but the result stream hasn't been opened up yet as the workflow has been less than optimal: as you can see from the pictures, it's quite messy to work around. When there's any hardware failures or even just a system hung / stuck at the bootloader / other problems, it can be difficult just finding the right system in the maze. All of these systems are presently just running off one 15 Amp circuit in a cramped -- and very warm -- room.
See more on the current setup via A Walkthrough Of The New 32 System Open-Source Linux Benchmarking Test Farm.
In the end I've been working toward racking up all the systems and expanding the power grid to open up more possibilities. Racking the systems should save a lot of space while making things much more organized, especially when I need to manually intervene with any of the systems. It's surprisingly been several times per week I've had to manually intervene with systems since November either due to hardware failures when pounding these systems hard, GRUB2 acting up, or other issues. Moving over to racks though hasn't been a quick process given the cost of new cases plus the racks themselves.
Thanks to Phoronix Test Suite enterprise customers, I've been reconstructing my basement to accommodate this newer farm plus other Phoronix/PTS work to come.
Phoronix front office will remain the same for Linux hardware testing, etc.
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