A benchmark is the act of running computer programs in order to assess the performance of computer hardware and software applications. Hardware benchmarking assesses many different attributes such as the performance of the processor, memory, graphics card, hard disk, and the network. There are two different types of benchmarks: synthetic and application. Synthetic benchmark stress a component, such as continuously writing and reading data. Application benchmarks measure the performance of real-world applications, such as databases and servers.
The use of benchmark software enables system testers and users to obtain an objective and independent way of assessing the performance of hardware. By making changes to the system, users can determine whether there has been an improvement in the performance of that hardware. The results from benchmark software can help make important decisions about any necessary changes to the hardware to identify any bottlenecks in the system. However, it should be borne in mind that benchmarks are not always precise and can be open to manipulation by hardware developers who can design hardware to do particularly well in specific tests which are not replicated generally.
There is a wide range of Linux benchmarking tools that are released under an open source license. To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 9 proficient benchmarking tools. Hopefully, there will be something here to help users fine tune their system and network, and make sensible comparisons.
A particularly useful website for accessing benchmark results is OpenBenchmarking.org. It provides a collaborative, open test platform with a standardized test profile and suite management system for distributing and standardizing benchmarks.
Now, let’s explore the 9 benchmark tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software in action, together with links to relevant resources.
|Phoronix Test Suite||Comprehensive testing and benchmarking platform|
|hyperfine||Rust-based command-line benchmarking tool|
|IOzone||Filesystem benchmark tool|
|sysbench||Scriptable database and system performance benchmark|
|fio||Scriptable I/O tool for storage benchmarks and drive testing|
|bonnie++||Benchmark suite software|
|netperf||A network performance benchmark|
|HardInfo||System Profiler and Benchmark|
|LLCbench||Low Level Architectural Characterization Benchmark Suite|
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