Ubuntu Server Benchmarks: Geekbench

  This is one of our favourite benchmarks for Ubuntu Server – it’s cross-platform, meaning that it can be ran on Windows, Mac OS X, Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server and more. You can get the download link from the following site:  
http://www.primatelabs.com/geekbench/download/linux/
  Currently this works:  
wget http://d34wv75roto0rl.cloudfront.net/Geekbench-2.4.2-Linux.tar.gz
  Unzip:  
gunzip Geekbench-2.4.2-Linux.tar.gz
  Untar:  
tar -xvf Geekbench-2.4.2-Linux.tar.gz
  Change directory to the new files:  
cd dist/Geekbench-2.4.2-Linux
  If you have a license key, enter it like so:  
./geekbench_x86_64 -r [youremail] [license]
  Then run the 64-bit:  
./geekbench_x86_64
  If you don’t, use the 32-bit version:  
./geekbench_x86_32
  Note! If you haven’t installed the ia32-libs package the 32-bit Geekbench will not work on a 64-bit system! Running the benchmarks will give you output similar to the following – a brief rundown of the system setup followed by the benchmark results as they happen:  
System Information Operating System      Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS 3.2.0-38-generic x86_64 Model                 VMware, Inc. VMware Virtual Platform Motherboard           Intel Corporation 440BX Desktop Reference Platform Processor             Intel Xeon E5-2630 @ 2.30 GHz 2 Processors, 6 Cores, 6 Threads Processor ID          GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 45 Stepping 7 L1 Instruction Cache  32.0 KB L1 Data Cache         32.0 KB L2 Cache              256 KB L3 Cache              15.0 MB Memory                19.6 GB BIOS                  Phoenix Technologies LTD 6.00 Integer Blowfish single-threaded scalar   1647 |||||| multi-threaded scalar   10574 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Text Compress single-threaded scalar   2485 ||||||||| multi-threaded scalar   14490 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Text Decompress single-threaded scalar   2980 ||||||||||| multi-threaded scalar   18177 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Image Compress single-threaded scalar   2208 |||||||| multi-threaded scalar   12950 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Image Decompress single-threaded scalar   2733 |||||||||| multi-threaded scalar   16503 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Lua single-threaded scalar   4460 ||||||||||||||||| multi-threaded scalar   26572 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Floating Point Mandelbrot single-threaded scalar   2194 |||||||| multi-threaded scalar   13365 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Dot Product single-threaded scalar   3558 |||||||||||||| multi-threaded scalar   22600 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| single-threaded vector   4130 |||||||||||||||| multi-threaded vector   29112 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| LU Decomposition single-threaded scalar   2791 ||||||||||| multi-threaded scalar   16599 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Primality Test single-threaded scalar   6190 |||||||||||||||||||||||| multi-threaded scalar   29957 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Sharpen Image single-threaded scalar   5657 |||||||||||||||||||||| multi-threaded scalar   34118 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Blur Image single-threaded scalar   2287 ||||||||| multi-threaded scalar   13782 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Memory Read Sequential single-threaded scalar   4657 |||||||||||||||||| Write Sequential single-threaded scalar   6769 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Stdlib Allocate single-threaded scalar   4084 |||||||||||||||| Stdlib Write single-threaded scalar   1872 ||||||| Stdlib Copy single-threaded scalar   3674 |||||||||||||| Stream Stream Copy single-threaded scalar   5435 ||||||||||||||||||||| single-threaded vector   7031 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Stream Scale single-threaded scalar   5668 |||||||||||||||||||||| single-threaded vector   6441 ||||||||||||||||||||||||| Stream Add single-threaded scalar   5311 ||||||||||||||||||||| single-threaded vector   7203 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Stream Triad single-threaded scalar   5556 |||||||||||||||||||||| single-threaded vector   5082 |||||||||||||||||||| Benchmark Summary Integer Score              9648 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Floating Point Score      13310 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Memory Score               4211 |||||||||||||||| Stream Score               5965 ||||||||||||||||||||||| Geekbench Score            9474 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Upload results to the Geekbench Browser? [Y/n]    
If you upload the results, you can add them to a Geekbench account by accessing a web link – such as:  
Upload results to the Geekbench Browser? [Y/n]y Uploading results to the Geekbench Browser. This could take a minute or two depending on the speed of your internet connection. Upload succeeded. Visit the following link and view your results online: http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/18911 Visit the following link and add this result to your profile: http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/claim/18911?key=572432 [email protected]:/home/tma1/geekbench/dist/Geekbench-2.4.2-Linux#  
Put the address it gives you into a browser and you will be able to gather results over time to compare systems/virtual machines! Geekbench is one of the best Ubuntu Server benchmarks that we have come across – it provides you with a range of tests which are easy to compare, as well as giving you an overall score figure to give you an idea of how the system performs overall vs. other setups. The fact that it is cross-platform is a great bonus, too, as it means you can test the efficiency and performance of a variety of operating systems on the same hardware/virtual hardware setups – and the results can be very interesting. Highly recommended!

Ubuntu Server Benchmarks: Phoronix Test Suite

  The Phoronix Test Suite is another option when it comes to benchmarking your Ubuntu Server – this one doesn’t work out-of-the-box and requires you to choose the types of benchmarks you wish to run and install them either individually or as suites of benchmarks. You can download it at the following link currently:  
wget http://phoronix-test-suite.com/releases/repo/pts.debian/files/phoronix-test-suite_4.4.1_all.deb
  Then:  
chmod +x phoronix-test-suite_4.4.1_all.deb
  Install like so:  
dpkg -i phoronix-test-suite_4.4.1_all.deb
  You can run it for the first time with the following:  
phoronix-test-suite
  You will be shown a page of the package’s terms and conditions and prompted to accept them. To see a list of available benchmarks, run:  
phoronix-test-suite list-tests
  If you wanted to install the blake2 benchmark as an example, you would run:  
phoronix-test-suite install blake2
  This will install the blake2 test and try to address any unmet dependencies (e.g. install packages which that benchmark requires to run that aren’t already installed). To run an installed test, issue the following command (using blake2 as an example again):  
phoronix-test-suite benchmark blake2
  If you are interested in running a suite of tests (or just want to run a few tests without having to individually install the lot of them) you can list whole suites of tests at once with:  
phoronix-test-suite list-available-suites
  The install process is the same as for an individual test:  
phoronix-test-suite install [suitename]
  If you’re looking to measure a specific metric there’s plenty to choose from here – there’s a lengthy list of available tests and suites. As an example of results, here’s the chess benchmark:   https://www.sotechdesign.com.au/dating-at-the-villages-florida/

Ubuntu Server Benchmarks: Hardinfo

  Hardinfo is one of the command-line benchmarks available for Ubuntu Server – it does have graphical features so it will also be useful for Ubuntu Desktop users, but for the purpose of this piece we will assume you’re at a terminal. It not only runs benchmarks like Blowfish but also shows you a great deal of information about the system itself, like ARP tables, sensors, CPU/RAM details and more.   To install, run the following:  
sudo apt-get install hardinfo
  You can run it without using less to view the results, but you’ll probably want to pipe the results to less to make it a bit easier to navigate the pages of text. Run it with the following:  
hardinfo | less
  This pipes the output to the “less” command – once the command completes you will be able to navigate the results with the up/down and pageup/pagedown keys. To quit less press “q”. At the bottom of the results are the benchmarks; they will look something akin to this:   ubuntuBenchmark-hardinfo   The benchmark in this case was run on an ESXi VM with two 2.3GHz CPUs. It’s not the prettiest output but it provides quite a bit of potentially useful information. The output from hardinfo is a whole lot prettier when you have a GUI!

Intel SSD 330 120GB benchmarks

    As promised, here are some benchmarks of Intel’s SSD: An average of 390MB/s for sequential reads? Nice. IOPS: HD Tune Pro’s File Transfer test: Hovering around 500MB/s there – impressive. Last benchmark for now: Overall this is a well performing drive and is the only Sandforce-controller-based drive that we currently use.