[Beowulf] Stress / torture test cluster hardware

Karen Shaeffer shaeffer at neuralscape.com
Sun Oct 8 12:32:02 EDT 2006


On Sun, Oct 08, 2006 at 09:09:11AM +0100, John Hearns wrote:
> Nico Mittenzwey wrote:
> Other things to consider for a stress test are:
> 
> Unpack a clean Linux kernel tree. Do a kernel compile. Tar up the 
> resulting tree. Repeat, and compare the two resulting tar files.
> A linux kernel compile is a surprisingly good way of stressing a system.

I would agree compiling the linux kernel is an excellent stress test. I've
set it up in an endless loop, where multiple, independent tress are compiled
in parallel. It does discover memory problems rather effectively, if you
let it run a day or two.

Thanks,
Karen
-- 
 Karen Shaeffer
 Neuralscape, Palo Alto, Ca. 94306
 shaeffer at neuralscape.com  http://www.neuralscape.com
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