The Massive Linux Benchmarking Setup Is Chugging Along
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 15 April 2015 at 02:38 PM EDT. 9 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.

If you missed it, checkout Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room for all of the details on this massive build that renovated a basement into a high-end server farm.

This article is just a very quick update to say that everything is still going along nicely: the $50 4U server cases are still being reliable, this low-cost 2U server case is still great, and these low-cost 42U server rack cabinets are still without any major headaches.

In a coming article I'll have more about my other thoughts and product recommendations as a redux to the aforelinked article about the basement overhaul.

The only issue approaching is that the server farm temperature is starting to rise now that spring is in full swing in the midwest of the US... Each day the temperatures during peak benchmarking in the room is approaching 80F / 27C. The outside temperatures though aren't enough to turn on the whole-house air conditioning yet, so I have been experimenting with adding extra fans to the server farm, etc, to keep temperatures under control.

All of the continuous Linux benchmark results from these systems aren't part of the routine flow of new Linux performance data published on, but will be available at in the near future. These systems are still all powered by the Git code of the Phoronix Test Suite and Phoromatic. The final piece left to code of the project is to export all of the data in real-time to an external server from the local Phoromatic Server with having a read-only results viewer similar to what's been done at I hope to have that done in the near future or if you would like to help out or test there is the Phoronix-Test-Suite on GitHub.
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