TechInsights and Timesys Announce Breakthrough in Linux Performance Benchmarking
BenchLab.com enables quick, cost-effective hardware benchmarks remotely via web browser
SAN JOSE, Calif.
Apr 15, 2008
TechInsights and Timesys Corporation announced today that they are jointly launching BenchLab.com, a complete, secure development environment for conducting hardware and software evaluations over the web via a browser. BenchLab.com combines TechInsights' patented VirtuaLab online lab environment and Timesys' patented customizable Linux® building environment to provide system architects and design engineers the ability to test hardware with benchmarks in a real lab environment from anywhere in the world. BenchLab.com provides full benchmarking capabilities, without the hassle of obtaining the boards, configuring the boards or any other set up, and allows users to achieve significant efficiencies in time and cost.
Developers can precisely configure the hardware and Linux environment required and can run the lab's existing benchmarks or upload their own. Using the BenchLab.com portal, users can automatically run the selected benchmarks on a user-specified set of platforms that includes boards as well as user-specified hardware and software configurations. Users can also generate a summary report that compares benchmark results on different platforms. The development environment reduces risk, time and resource consumption when benchmarking, enabling more time to be spent on analyzing results.
"This new offering will allow engineers to access a range of products in a short amount of time, so they can run benchmarks and get results instantly without having to setup any hardware or software themselves," said Jenn Markey, senior vice president of TechInsights' TechOnline business unit. "Benchmarking can be a very time consuming process -- BenchLab.com allows designers to achieve their goals more quickly and get to market faster."
"We are excited to further integrate LinuxLink with TechInsights' patented VirtuaLab," said Greg Quiggle, vice president of sales and marketing for Timesys. "Doing so enables embedded development teams to quickly evaluate key performance metrics for a given hardware platform as well as its ability to support common embedded Linux implementations."
BenchLab.com will initially launch with the i.MX27 multimedia applications processor board, based on the ARM926EJ-S™ core, from Freescale Semiconductor and the 440EPx Power Architecture-based board from AMCC. Additional boards will be added over time.
"Freescale has always strived to provide and advocate meaningful benchmarking methods upon which the industry can rely," said Aaron Shagrin, director of enablement for Freescale's Multimedia Applications Division. "We have confidence in the performance of our i.MX27 processor and anticipate that our prospects, customers, and partners will discover that BenchLabs.com is an excellent way to quantify the advanced system-level performance it delivers for embedded Linux applications."
Charlie Ashton, Director of Enablement at AMCC added, "AMCC is excited to offer our 440EPx as the first Power Architecture SoC to this innovative web-based Linux benchmarking lab. The PowerPC 440EPx evaluation kit is ideal for this environment as it provides users with a comprehensive set of resources to evaluate the PowerPC 440EPx processor as well as to start system development. We think this marks the first time relevant Linux-based benchmarking can be performed and customized online conveniently by our customers."
Access to the new portal will be subscription-based, but will launch as a free subscription site for the remainder of 2008.
About Timesys (http://www.timesys.com/)
Timesys is the provider of LinuxLink, a web-based software subscription for both first-time and experienced embedded Linux developers. LinuxLink provides the embedded software, tools, documentation and support needed to quickly optimize a custom Linux platform for a given processor. LinuxLink enables embedded development teams to unleash the innovation of Linux without sacrificing the quality, service and support of a traditional commercial embedded operating system.
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