Benchmarking On Linux Reaches New Heights With Phoronix Test Suite Update

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The Phoronix Test Suite simplifies the process for computer hardware and software companies to autonomously test their products on Linux and other platforms in an efficient and effective manner.

I like PTS because it fulfills my need to quantify performance in comparable terms. That it does so without any sort of learning curve makes it wonderfully convenient and accessible to even the newest of Linux users

Phoronix Media has announced the release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.2 (codenamed "Malvik"), an update to its leading and award-winning benchmarking software, during the 2008 X Developers' Summit. This update incorporates support for new operating systems and features to better aid ISVs, IHVs, ODMs, and OEMs in profiling their hardware and software for optimal performance and compatibility. In total there are more than 250 official changes with many new test profiles and suites since the release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.0 in June of 2008.

The Phoronix Test Suite 1.2 update adds support for OpenSolaris and BSD operating systems, improved hardware and software detection, a new test installation framework, a module-based plug-in architecture, test analysis options, and other enhanced functionality. The Phoronix Test Suite ships with 75 test profiles and 38 test suites, with additional tests are being added frequently through its unique testing architecture. This architecture automates the processes from test installation to execution and result analysis in a completely repeatable and standardized protocol that allows for turnkey deployment capabilities.

"We have been very pleased with the adoption of the Phoronix Test Suite thus far from independent users to Fortune 500 companies. There's been tremendous growth in all areas of the Phoronix Test Suite over the past several months and we believe it's well on its way to becoming the de facto platform for system benchmarking," said Michael Larabel, the founder of Phoronix Media. "With the Malvik release our test coverage has expanded significantly and we continue to work with new hardware and software vendors to incorporate additional test profiles and deliver unparalleled functionality. We expect this momentum to continue inveterately through next year with the next release known as Orkdal already in planning. With Orkdal we seek to set a new precedence for quantitative benchmarking through a number of unrivaled innovations and the ratification of the Phoronix Certification & Qualification Suite."

The Phoronix Test Suite has experienced wide adoption by companies and organizations looking to automate the process of Linux performance testing. Improvements in the Phoronix Test Suite 1.2 update lower the barrier to entry for new vendors while providing feature-rich capabilities such as system resource monitoring, batch mode support, an integrated results viewer, and system management on this highly extensible platform.

"I like PTS because it fulfills my need to quantify performance in comparable terms. That it does so without any sort of learning curve makes it wonderfully convenient and accessible to even the newest of Linux users," said Mayank Sharma, a contributing technology editor for Linux.com and writer for IBM DeveloperWorks. "PTS is a useful, easy-to-use, and well-documented application for all types of Linux users. As a reviewer it will help me back up my results with numbers."

Test profiles currently in this test suite span across graphics, memory, disk, and processor sub-systems. Modules in the Phoronix Test Suite allow new features to be introduced without requiring any pervasive changes. Additionally, Phoronix Media released an updated project website and has begun rolling out Phoronix Global, the Internet-based repository for viewing and comparing results generated by the Phoronix Test Suite.

Additional details and procurement information on the Phoronix Test Suite is available at http://www.phoronix-test-suite.com/.

About The Phoronix Test Suite:

Phoronix Media has developed the Phoronix Test Suite in conjunction with leading tier-one computer hardware vendors. It seeks to standardize the process of validating software and hardware on Linux and related operating systems by providing the most comprehensive testing and benchmarking platform. The Phoronix Test Suite makes it easy for hardware vendors to test an array of software relevant to them in an autonomous manner while being highly configurable and providing concise results. Software vendors benefit from being able to test their software in an efficient manner for performance tuning and regression tracking, generate new users of their products through the Phoronix Test Suite, and provide a direct channel to hardware vendors validating against their software using this test suite. Consumers are able to benefit from the Phoronix Test Suite by detecting bottlenecks within their system and experience greater vitality on the Linux Operating System from a standardized test specification.

About Phoronix Media:

Phoronix Media was founded in 2004 and is the largest Internet resource devoted to enriching the Linux hardware experience. Its premiere web property, Phoronix.com, attracts more than 200 million hits annually and focuses upon Linux-based hardware reviews, software previews, and driver analyses with more than 1,200 articles and 1,500 news postings. Other Phoronix Media assets include Phorogit.com, PhoronixForums.com, Cekora.com, OpenBenchmarking.org, and RadeonHD.org.

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