In the talk entitled Making More Informed Linux Hardware Choices by Matthew Tippett and myself, Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 and OpenBenchmarking.org will be officially unveiled and launched.
Here's the abstract for this talk (and it doesn't even cover all of the exciting features and capabilities we aren't yet ready to publicly talk about):
It's no longer an exhausting task to find PC hardware that 'works' with Linux, but there's one ever-persisting challenge: finding the best software configuration and hardware that will meet your performance needs. This process though can be made simpler.
In this presentation by Michael Larabel and Matthew Tippett, we will cover briefly the history and state of Linux hardware support followed by going into detail how we have been working in conjunction with leading hardware vendors, other organizations, and the open-source community to improve the level of support by delivering automated, open-source benchmarks and tools for ensuring more robust Linux hardware test coverage. This culminates with the launch of OpenBenchmarking.org to provide a robust, open, and collaborative testing platform in conjunction with the GPLv3-licensed Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 benchmark.
OpenBenchmarking.org is a project that provides a massive community vault of continuously-growing test data and other hardware information (such as system logs, result logs, and configuration files) that makes it impeccably easy to compare the performance of multiple computers across a variety of sub-systems while running Linux, BSD, and other operating systems. With OpenBenchmarking.org it's also made easy to crowd-source hardware testing and it allows you to compare the performance of a given software/hardware configuration against that of others. Integrated search capabilities make it effortless to find relevant information from this repository of Creative Commons licensed data while a shopping-cart-like comparison system ensures you're accurately yet efficiently looking at the most important aspects of performance for your needs or that of the organization.
For those not at this Linux event taking place at the LAX Hilton, we should be providing streaming audio/video of this important launch. The precise date and time of this talk is not yet confirmed.
There may also be a second talk at the 2011 Southern California Linux Expo regarding Phoromatic and Phoronix Test Suite for the enterprise, but that talk isn't yet confirmed. Last year we presented on The Five Stages of Benchmark Loss.