Benchmarking is the act of measuring of a system's performance and comparing the results to another system's results or a widely accepted standard through a unified procedure. This unified method of evaluating system performance can help answer questions such as:
- Is the system performing as it should?
- What driver version should be used to get optimal performance?
- Is the system capable of doing task x?
Many tools can be used to determine system performance, the following provides a list of tools available.
Stand alone tools
(n)ttcp measures point-to-point bandwidth over any network connection, the binary must be provided on both nodes between wich you want to determine bandwidth. nttcp is a a much more convenient rewrite of ttcp.
nttcp is available on the AUR: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=11469
The time command provides timing statistics about the command run by displaying the time that passed between invocation and termination. Time is available on most basic linux systems.
time tar -zxvf archive.tar.gz
This C++ rewrite of the original Bonnie benchmarking suite is aimed at performing several tests of hard drive and filesystem performance.
Bonnie++ is available in the AUR: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=24114
Phoronix Test Suite
The Phoronix Test Suite is the most comprehensive testing and benchmarking platform available for the Linux operating system. This software is designed to effectively carry out both qualitative and quantitative benchmarks in a clean, reproducible, and easy-to-use manner. This software is based upon the extensive Linux benchmarking work and internal tools developed by Phoronix.com since 2004 along with input from leading tier-one computer hardware vendors. This software is open-source and licensed under the GNU GPLv3. The Phoronix Test Suite consists of a lightweight processing core (pts-core) with each benchmark consisting of an XML-based profile with related resource scripts. The process from the benchmark installation, to the actual benchmarking, to the parsing of important hardware and software components is heavily automated and completely repeatable, asking users only for confirmation of actions.
This suite is available in [community] and can be installed through your favorite package manager
pacman -S phoronix-test-suite
To enable the GUI
Arch Linux Standardized Testing
To be able to compare results within the Arch Linux community in a standardized manner, the following standards have been set.
proposal: superpi with 1M digits (20 bit number) --stefanwilkens 22:27, 25 October 2009 (EDT)
proposal: phoronix-test-suite with a selection of tests aimed at graphics, preferably without having to provide a large number of dependencies.
list of tests:
- smokin-guns (req: openal)
CD / DVD