A Look At The New OpenBenchmarking.org That's Coming Soon
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 24 January 2016 at 12:00 PM EST. 13 Comments
As most Phoronix readers know, a new version of OpenBenchmarking.org has been in development for a few months now and it will finally make its official premiere next month alongside Phoronix Test Suite 6.2-Gamvik.

Next month will mark five years since the launch of OpenBenchmarking.org. As such, the look and feel of the site is being completely overhauled for its first time. Besides making looking the site from desktops look more pleasant and responsive, OpenBenchmarking.org will finally be mobile-friendly. The wife has been working on most of the styling and design elements for the new OpenBenchmarking.org so I can focus more on the pts-core integration bits and back-end.

The new OpenBenchmarking.org will also feature a completely rewritten search implementation. OpenBenchmarking.org search was disabled a year ago due to going through excessive server resources while this new implementation will be much more efficient, a lot more accurate for getting the results you want, and offer more functionality. The new search implementation is still a work-in-progress but will be further tuned up as time goes on.

On the back-end this new OpenBenchmarking.org is largely rewritten to make use of new pts-core and Phoromatic features compared to what was available five years ago with the API, etc. There is a lot more unified code as well now with Phoromatic. Right now in the current version of this new site, some non-core features are temporarily disabled while I rewrite them and focus on ensuring all core OpenBenchmarking.org functionality is working optimally.

My current plan is to make active the "beta" version of the site in the next week or two. This will be used to solicit initial feedback while I continue tuning the new search engine, work on other non-core features, and further refine the functionality, etc. There is also some other low-level improvements to make to OpenBenchmarking.org once switching over to the new version and will be able to break backwards compatibility with the old code-base. For speeding up OpenBenchmarking.org, it will also be rolled out onto a new Skylake server.

Stay tuned for the initial roll-out on the new OpenBenchmarking.org followed by the official debut in February with Phoronix Test Suite 6.2. As always, any feedback or other suggestions can be made by posting in the forums or contacting us directly.
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