"The Open Source Development Lab has created a code
benchmarking tool--known as the Scalable Test Platform--that it
says will allow developers to easily test their Linux kernel
patches from a variety of tests and server configurations.
Tim Witham, the director of the OSDL--an independent, non-profit
lab designed for developers who are adding enterprise capabilities
to Linux--believes the STP fulfills a critical need in the
open-source developer community.
"With the launch of STP, developers can easily test their Linux
kernel patches selecting from a variety of tests and server
configurations. This performance-testing tool is aimed at improving
the quality of Linux patches and upgrades and the speed with which
open-source software is developed by providing a means for
performance measurement and comparison," Witham said in a media
invitation to further discuss the technology.
Until now, open-source developers have had no centralized means
for testing kernel patches and upgrades or for recording the
results, which has made scaling Linux more difficult."