sysbench – scriptable database and system performance benchmark

sysbench is a scriptable multi-threaded benchmark tool based on LuaJIT.

It’s most frequently used for database benchmarks, but can also be used to create arbitrarily complex workloads that do not involve a database server.

sysbench uses the Cram framework for functional and regression testing. It’s free and open source software.

sysbench comes with the following bundled benchmarks:

  • oltp_*.lua: a collection of OLTP-like database benchmarks.
  • fileio: a filesystem-level benchmark.
  • cpu: a simple CPU benchmark.
  • memory: a memory access benchmark.
  • threads: a thread-based scheduler benchmark.
  • mutex: a POSIX mutex benchmark.

Features include:

  • Extensive statistics about rate and latency is available, including latency percentiles and histograms;
  • Low overhead even with thousands of concurrent threads. sysbench is capable of generating and tracking hundreds of millions of events per second;
  • New benchmarks can be easily created by implementing pre-defined hooks in user-provided Lua scripts;
  • Can be used as a general-purpose Lua interpreter as well, simply replace #!/usr/bin/lua with #!/usr/bin/sysbench in your script.

Oracle support is no longer available.

Developer: Alexey Kopytov and contributors
License: GNU General Public License v2.0

sysbench is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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