This release is based on the Unix port of beta release 2 of BYTE Magazine's BYTEmark benchmark program (previously known as BYTE's Native Mode Benchmarks). The port to Linux/Unix was done by Uwe F. Mayer. Additional changes to the code were made to make the code work with egcs compiler and to make the software packagable. This is a CPU benchmark providing indexes for integer, floating, and memory performance. It is single-threaded and is not designed to measure the performance gain on multi-processor machines.
The Contest program is designed to test system responsiveness by running Linux kernel compilation under a number of different load conditions. It is designed to compare different kernels, not different machines. It uses real workloads you would expect to find for short periods of time in everyday machines, but sustains them for the duration of a kernel compile to increase the signal to noise ratio.
The Router Audit Tool (rat) downloads configurations of router devices running IOS to be audited, and then checks them against the settings defined in the benchmark. For each configuration examined, it produces a report listing the following: a list of each rule checked with a pass/fail score, a raw overall score, a weighted overall score (1-10), and a list of IOS commands that will correct problems identified.
tstime is a command that is similar to the time(1) command, but in addition to the runtime, it also prints the highwater memory usage (RSS+VMEM) of the controlled process. tsmon is a command that prints the runtime/highwater memory usage of every process that exits on the system until the tsmon is quit. These programs use the taskstats delay accounting interface of the Linux 2.6 kernel.
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.
XML Benchmark is a C/C++/Java XML parsers benchmarking toolset. Supported parsers include LibXML2, Xerces, Oracle XDK, Expat, RXP, QT, and Sun Crimson. Benchmarking fields include parsing (native, SAX, DOM), DOM manipulation, schema validation, XSL transformation, and XML signature and encryption.
Aranha is an application that uses an XML-RPC layer to retrieve information from one or more servers. The type of information gathered is implemented via plugins, and can be displayed or archived in several different ways. The data is gathered in Round Robin Databases (integrated with rrdtool) and can be accessed using a XUL interface available from the system. Plugins are very easy to write.