OpenLink ODBC Bench is an ODBC benchmarking tool providing real-time comparative benchmarking for ODBC drivers, database engines, and operating system combinations. The benchmarks in this application are loosely based on the TPC-A and TPC-C standard benchmarks, with modifications to specifically test the performance of an ODBC driver and/or database engine in a client/server environment. The benchmark results can be automatically stored to an ODBC data source or XML file for further analysis and comparisons to be made.
pingx is utility that uses the XNoOp(3x) call to see how fast your connection to your X server is. Wonder whether your X performance is slower in a SSH tunnel? pingx can give you hard numbers so you can find out. It has an option to print out some details about the X server as well. It's also useful to see if a destination X server is up so you can fire up x2x or similar applications intelligently.
pmbw is a set of assembler routines to measure the parallel memory (cache and RAM) bandwidth of modern multi-core machines. Memory bandwidth is one of the key performance factors of any computer system. Today, measuring the memory performance often gives a more realistic view of the overall speed of a machine than pure arithmetic or floating-point benchmarks. pmbw contains a set of very basic functions which are all hand-coded in assembler to avoid any compiler optimizations. These basic functions are modeled after the basic inner loops found in any data processing, sequential scanning and pure random access. Any application will have a memory access pattern which is somewhere between these two extremes. The current version of pmbw supports benchmarking 16-, 32-, 64-, 128-, or 256-bit memory transfers on x86_32-bit, x86_64-bit, and ARMv6 systems.
psinfo shows process information and statistics using the kernel /proc interface. This information includes: process state, environment, arguments and flags; CPU usage; scheduling; I/O usage; virtual memory status; pagefaults; capabilities; and signals. psinfo is useful for providing a detailed view of the current state of an application when diagnosing issues or performance problems.
pwatch is a set of tools for analyzing what a process is doing. Only the "io" command is currently implemented. It presents I/O activity in a nice ncurses screen and allows you to sort by the read/write speed or the number of bytes read/written since the start of the program. It was written to easily detect which program is eating a lot of I/O bandwidth.