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IOMeter is a disk I/O benchmark. You can measure e.g. your harddisk's speed for 4K block size, 50% read, 0% random and so on.

Here I give an example how to make IOMeter run on Linux. Note that the GUI ("iometer") only exists for Windows while the Linux packages only contain the backend ("dynamo"). Here is how to do it using WinE and IOMeter 2006.07.27 for Windows. Find out your distribution and proceed accordingly


Install IOMeter

No matter if you are running 64bit Linux or 32bit, to install and start IOMeter under Linux do the following:

  • unpack it
 tar xvzf iometer-2006_07_27.linux.i386-bin.tgz
  • start the dynamo backend
 cd iometer-2006_07_27.linux.i386-bin/src
  • install IOMeter like this
 wine iometer-2006.07.27.win32.i386-setup.exe
  • Start wine
 cd ".wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/ 2006.07.27"
 wine Iometer.exe

Use Iometer

  • delete all workers but one by clicking onto "Disconnect Selected Worker or Manager"
  • select "Access Specifications" -> 512B; 100% Read; 0% random -> Add
  • select "Disk Targets" -> Maximum Disk Size -> 5000 Sectors
  • select a target. In this example, let's just choose sdh.
  • select Test Setup -> Run Time -> 2 Seconds
  • click on "Start Tests"
  • as file name, enter example -> Ok
  • find your data at ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/ 2006.07.27/example.csv
  • or click on "Results Display":
Results Display under IOMeter.


dynamo prints debugging output that is quite usable and understandable.

Usability Problems

  • what is a worker? Why do you need more than one? This could be a lot clearer by a simple tooltip.
  • why do you delete a worker by clicking on "Disconnect Selected Worker or Manager"
  • what is a manager? Why do I need to know?