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Here are some statistical benchmarks from systems I have owned or otherwise used.

The performance measurements typically include one or more of the following:

  • openssl speed rsa - test CPU performance w/ math & cryptographic operations
openssl speed rsa1024
  • john -test - test CPU performance w/ cryptographic operations
touch john.ini
john -test
  • sql-bench - ATIS and Wisconsin table tests I/O and CPU
Linux-RPM: yum install mysql-server mysql-bench
Linux-DEB: aptitude install mysql-server-5.0
FreeBSD: cd /usr/ports/databases/mysql50-server; make install
/etc/init.d/mysqld start 
cd /usr/share/sql-bench
  • bonnie++ - disk/filesystem
Linux-RPM: yum install bonnie++
Linux-DEB: aptitude install bonnie++
FreeBSD: cd /usr/ports/benchmarks/bonnie++; make install
cd /tmp
/usr/sbin/bonnie++ -u mf1 -d .
  • spew - disk
Linux-RPM: yum install spew
Linux-DEB: aptitude install spew
mkdir -p /usr/local/tmp; cd /usr/local/tmp
spew --write 512m bigfile
(x3, take middle)
spew --read 512m bigfile
(x3, take middle)
  • hdparm -tT - throughput of the processor, cache, and memory Linux Only
hdparm -tT /dev/sda
  • apachebench (ab) - network throughput, web-serving speed
Linux-RPM: yum install httpd
/etc/init.d/httpd start
ab -n 10000 -c 100  ""
(Run three times, taking middle #)

  • samba compile - compilation tests I/O and CPU
cd /tmp/
tar xzvf samba-latest.tar.gz
cd samba-*/source
time ./configure
time make
  • make kernel/world - FreeBSD only compilation test I/O and CPU
cd /usr/src
time make buildkernel
time make buildworld

  • ubench - Unix Benchmark Utility measures CPU and MEM
FreeBSD: cd /usr/ports/sysutils/ubench; make install
  • unixbench - Unix Bench v5.1.3 Multi-CPU version

From or

cd /tmp
tar zxf UnixBench5.1.3.tgz
cd UnixBench
make all

Note1 it may be necessary to tweak the Makefile (comment out GRAPHIC_TESTS and uncomment first set of linux-applicable optimizations) on some systems.

Note2 use sudo aptitude install build-essential if you need the compiler tools

  • glxgears - part of Xorg suite, measures video performance. Not a "benchmark" per se but gives an idea of performance with graphics-intensive programs, such as games.