UnixBench is the original BYTE UNIX benchmark suite, updated and revised by
many people over the years.
The purpose of UnixBench is to provide a basic indicator of the performance of
a Unix-like system; hence, multiple tests are used to test various aspects of
the system's performance. These test results are then compared to the scores
from a baseline system to produce an index value, which is generally easier to
handle than the raw scores. The entire set of index values is then combined to
make an overall index for the system.
Some very simple graphics tests are included to measure the 2D and 3D graphics
performance of the system.
Multi-CPU systems are handled. If your system has multiple CPUs, the default
behaviour is to run the selected tests twice -- once with one copy of each test
program running at a time, and once with N copies, where N is the number of
CPUs. This is designed to allow you to assess:
the performance of your system when running a single task
the performance of your system when running multiple tasks
the gain from your system's implementation of parallel processing
Do be aware that this is a system benchmark, not a CPU, RAM or disk
benchmark. The results will depend not only on your hardware, but on your
operating system, libraries, and even compiler.