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KernelTrap: Interbench, An Interactivity Benchmark

Jul 13, 2005, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])

"Con Kolivas, a doctor specializing in anaesthesia, has released a new benchmark application called Interbench, designed to benchmark 'interactivity.' Con's earlier benchmark, Contest, was designed to measure responsiveness. In his release announcement, he begins, 'there has been a lot of talk about what makes up a nice feeling desktop under linux. It comes down to two different but intimately related parameters which are not well defined.' He goes on to explain that the two parameters are 'responsiveness' and 'interactivity.' The former he defines as, 'the rate at which your workloads can proceed under different load conditions.' The latter he defines as, 'the scheduling latency and jitter present in tasks where the user would notice a palpable deterioration under different load conditions.' He continues, 'responsiveness would allow you to continue using your machine without too much interruption to your work, whereas interactivity would allow you to play audio or video without any dropouts, or drag a gui window across the screen and have it render smoothly across the screen without jerks...'"

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