Linux Benchmarking... Even Faster & A Very Interesting February
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 30 January 2015 at 07:15 PM EST. Add A Comment
While benchmarked the most this month on Phoronix was the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Broadwell CPU given its the latest-generation Intel microarchitecture, February on Phoronix will be much more interesting if you're at all interested in servers or workstation hardware... Or just seeing what's possible if you happen to have a ton of system memory and disks.

Well, this will be benchmarked in February on Phoronix:

Most often we're looking at desktop-class hardware, but thanks to a generous Phoronix Test Suite enterprise customer, there's some interesting new server hardware in the lab. This mighty powerful system will go great for running tons of benchmarks in conjunction with Phoromatic and a possible addition to the test farm.

On top of the two dozen populated DIMMs part of the system right now, is another two or three dozen backup memory sticks for making some interesting tests.

Backup Intel Xeon CPUs too for this dual-socket system. This hardware will be pounded hard with our arsenal of benchmarks.

There's hundreds of different tests to run via with the open-source Phoronix Test Suite automated benchmarking software. Yes, our open-source Phoronix Test Suite software can stress this hardware well with a variety of different benchmarks, considering the customer providing the hardware is using the automated benchmark software on what is growing to be hundreds/thousands of systems of this class.

To the excitement of many, I'll finally be able to run some very interesting ZFS and Btrfs file-system benchmarks on Linux with now having this array of eight high-end disk drives plus two spares. I'm personally very much looking forward to hitting Btrfs and ZFS harder now on Linux.

So stay tuned for a lot of very interesting server/workstation performance tests to come. If there's any benchmarks you'd like to see out of this class of hardware, you can find the currently available tests via this OB listing page. If there's some test unlisted, if it can be fully-automated be sure to suggest it or better yet is coming up with your own test profile (or at least an automated script) so it can be easily incorporated for benchmarking into the Phoronix Test Suite. For those in need of enterprise Linux benchmarking, be sure to check out the open-source Phoronix Test Suite and Phoromatic. The PTS code can be fetched via the GitHub project page. Comment on this article to suggest other interesting Linux test articles you'd be interested in seeing on Phoronix in the weeks ahead out of this hardware.

Stay tuned for lots of exciting Linux performance tests!
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