hint – A scalable benchmark for testing CPU and memoryI was about to change the 486 in fred.nz.freebsd.org for a Pentium. I installed and used hint to see the performance differences.
Installing hinthint is available in the ports under /usr/ports/benchmarks/hint. Because I had all the port skeletons installed, the installation was simple:
cd /usr/ports/benchmarks/hint make make install
Running hintRunning wasn’t so easy. My first attempt failed:
# hint _ _ | | _ _ _ _____ TM |-- | | |\ | | | | | --| | | \ | | | | | | \| | ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ *** The HINT PERFORMANCE ANALYZER *** Version 1.0 June 1994 John L. Gustafson & Quinn O. Snell Scalable Computing Laboratory 236 Wilhelm, Iowa State University Ames, Iowa 50011-3020 (515) 294 - 9294 Copyright (C) 1994 Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc. Please send results and questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org When sending results please follow the form in README ________________________________________________________ RECT is 72 bytes Could not open data file
So I did what everyone would do. RTFM. In was in the man pages that I found this:
The output of hint is a file in the directory data named DOUBLE which contains five columns: 1. Time 2. QUIPS 3. Quality 4. Subintervals
So I created a data directory:
And I ran my tests again.
But every time I ran hints, it ran out of virtual memory and was killed. No such luck. Perhaps another day.