GigaBit Ethernet to the Desktop - Test Description
Several benchmark tools were used to arrive at the information in this paper. The benchmarks used were:
All LMbench benchmarks were run four times, with the average shown. The memory tests were run on 64MB of memory.
Additionally, the lmdd test was run separately. This was done to determine the speed of the raw data disk with various I/O sizes. The size of the test file used was 5,108,662,272 bytes (4872MB). This was done to demonstrate the limit of the disk speed, which effects two of the other benchmarks that were run.
The stream_gcc benchmark was used on all systems, to determine memory bandwidth. The stream_g77 benchmark was also run, but the results were not reported, due to limitations in the program.
NFS V3 was used to copy files between systems. The size of the file used for the benchmark was 1,073,741,824 bytes (1GB — 2^30). The file-systems were mounted with read and write sizes set to 8192, as suggested in the manual page for NFS. The copy was done with the dd command, using a block size of 4096 bytes.
FTP was used to copy files between systems. The size of the file used for the benchmark was 1,073,741,824 bytes (1GB — 2^30).
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