A benchmark is everything that gives you an idea about performance. For your Linux, you can use the following benchmarks:
A quick and easy benchmark that combines the performance of all your computer's components is GeekBench.
This tests CPU and memory with a strong focus on addition:
# time (i=0; while (( $i < 10000 )); do i=$i+1; done) real 0m4.173s user 0m4.161s sys 0m0.000s
Quick and dirty test if your RAM is okay:
# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/shm/test count=5000 bs=8k 5000+0 records in 5000+0 records out 40960000 bytes (41 MB) copied, 0.0175427 s, 2.3 GB/s
- IOps - random read performance in IOPS and MB/s
Use netcat, for example on the receiver:
netcat -l -p 8000 >/dev/null
and on the sender in the bash:
dd if=test bs=1024K count=512 > /dev/tcp/192.168.0.9/8000
a result can be:
4887552 bytes (4.9 MB) copied, 4.3689 s, 1.1 MB/s
An interesting thing is that if you forget the >/dev/null you will come to a pretty constant value which is useless because it tells you how quickly the shell can write nulls.
Increasing the MTU helps reducing the need for ACK packages and reduces interrupt storm on the processors.
httping -f -h servername httping -g URL
HTTP benchmarking utility
$ glxgears 359 frames in 5.1 seconds = 70.397 FPS 320 frames in 5.1 seconds = 62.590 FPS 320 frames in 5.3 seconds = 60.201 FPS 320 frames in 5.1 seconds = 63.046 FPS 300 frames in 5.4 seconds = 55.305 FPS 340 frames in 5.4 seconds = 62.724 FPS 300 frames in 5.2 seconds = 57.543 FPS 340 frames in 5.4 seconds = 62.483 FPS 320 frames in 5.1 seconds = 62.149 FPS 320 frames in 5.2 seconds = 61.365 FPS 300 frames in 5.1 seconds = 59.275 FPS 320 frames in 5.5 seconds = 58.109 FPS 320 frames in 5.1 seconds = 62.149 FPS