Installing the Phoronix Test Suite on Windows
In a recent post, I benchmarked a Windows system to one running Windows Subsystem for Linux GUI (WSLg). WSLg allows you to run graphic Linux as applications on a Windows system. If you are not familiar with and want to know more about WSL, you can read my article series on it, starting here.
I did get a few questions in that article about how I installed the Phoronix Test Suite on Windows. It was quite painless; however, being that it isn't that well documented, in this article I will show you step-by-step how I did it.
First, I downloaded the Windows Phoronix Test Suite from: http://www.phoronix-test-suite.com/?k=downloads.
Then, I extracted the zip files to a separate file and clicked install.bat.
The .bat file will simply close once it has finished installing the product. It will create a directory called C:\phoronix-test-suite. I opened a command prompt and navigated to this directory by entering phoronix-test-suite. This downloaded additional files, including Cygwin, from the internet and installed them on my Windows system.
The next time I ran phoronix-test-suite, it listed all of its options.
To see which tests are available, I entered phoronix-test-suite list-all-tests and found dozens.
As I wanted to test my CPU performance, I ran encode-MP3. This is one of the original Phoronix tests, using LAME MP3 for encoding to test the single-threaded performance of a system.
To test the multi-threaded performance of my system, I ran a different test: C-Ray. I entered phoronix-test-suite run encode-mp3 and then phoronix-test-suite run c-ray encode-mp3.
When I ran the encode-mp3 test, it took a few minutes to download and install the test, after which point it initiated. The results of the test are shown below.
When I ran the C-Ray test, it took a few minutes to download and install before running. The results are shown below.
Installing the Phoronix Test Suite on Windows is easy and offers many different tests pertaining to the CPU, GPU, RAM, disk speed and networking on your system. Having a framework to run various tests greatly simplifies the process; you will not need to go through and install and configure each test individually as Phoronix does it this for you.
Tom Fenton has a wealth of hands-on IT experience gained over the past 30 years in a variety of technologies, with the past 20 years focusing on virtualization and storage. He currently works as a Technical Marketing Manager for ControlUp. He previously worked at VMware in Staff and Senior level positions. He has also worked as a Senior Validation Engineer with The Taneja Group, where he headed the Validation Service Lab and was instrumental in starting up its vSphere Virtual Volumes practice. He's on X @vDoppler.