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This is the official home page for the Duke University Physics Department's Brahma Beowulf Project. Please feel free to explore this website. There are a number of things on the site itself that may be of use or interest to individuals interested in beowulf-style cluster computing.

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Robert G. Brown
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This is the current snapshot of the cpu_rate Microtimer harness and microbenchmark program. I use this program to do quick-and-dirty benchmarks of a variety of systems performance parameters. The timing harness itself is at least modestly advanced -- it uses the CPU cycle counter instead of gettimeofday where possible, for example (on all post-Pentium Intels, post-Athlon AMDs). There are tests for memory performance, "arithmetic" performance, transcendental (savage benchmark) performance. In many cases (specifically those involving vectors and memory) the size of the vectors can be varied and the effects of cache size and hierarchical memory explored.

This version of the code supports the relatively simple and "object-like" addition of code fragments to be timed. There is a fairly long list of operations and fragments it already times (enter "cpu_rate -l" to get a current list). It is in beta mode and may have bugs. There may well be better timers out there (e.g. lmbench) only perhaps. not so easy to use.

Because of the nature of this program I recommend that you grab the tarball and work with it rather than simply build/install either the source rpm or the provided (RH 9) binary rpm. The latter "should work", but part of the fun of a benchmark/timer is playing with build options and seeing how it works. There are also some (probably broken in the current release) scripts in the source directory that in previous versions scanned e.g. across the -s size option for the vector benchmarks; these scripts, with a bit of repair, would make it pretty easy to generate a graphable file of e.g. stream or memory read/write with and without random shuffling.

I hope that you find cpu_rate useful.


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Source RPM 171
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