A Walkthrough Of The New 32 System Open-Source Linux Benchmarking Test Farm
Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 13 December 2014. Page 2 of 3. 27 Comments

Beyond the 48 port networking switch, there's also two ZyXel networking switches in other areas of the server farm to save on running long lengths of CAT6 back to the main switch. This is my first time dealing with ZyXel networking equipment but so far it's working out fine and managed to buy them at great prices on the Internet.

The CompuLab Intense-PC is where the Phoromatic Server is deployed. The Phoromatic Server effectively serves as the controller for all 32 systems with doing everything from managing the test schedules, storing of test results, automatic storing of test files as an LAN download cache, waking up systems over the LAN, etc. Deploying a Phoromatic Server with Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 can be as easy as phoronix-test-suite start-phoromatic-server.

As outlined at LinuxBenchmarking.com, all 32 systems are different from their cases to being up to dual-socket workstations to a wide range of graphics cards. The systems not on wire racks are on my favorite low-cost, L-shaped glass desks that I also use in the front office and have been using for years with great success. During Black Friday sales the desks at Amazon were under $80 USD.

So far everything is working out well. Commissioning the Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 and Phoromatic Server improvements, which we're allowed to share, was GE Healthcare where they will be growing out their Phoronix Test Suite farm to hundreds of systems using our open-source automated benchmarking software with a focus on Scientific Linux and Fedora.

For some air circulation and trying to prevent some dust, there's a GermGuardian AC4825 air cleaning system constantly running in this test farm. I also use a GermGuardian AC4825 in my front office and it works out well and yields cleaner air especially with two dogs around.

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