After almost 8 months of hard work, Inquisitor team is pleased to announce first public alpha release on brand new Inquisitor v3.1 Live CD - a system dedicated to hardware stress testing and benchmarking. This version of Inquisitor includes 34 tests, 11 detection scripts, 8 monitoring scripts.
This is experimental build made with Debian package base.
Overview of new features in this Live CD build over 3.0 platform release:
* Lots of improvements in Live CD: profiles at Live CD are also XML-based now, so they can be easily replaced/interchanged. Profiles can include each other. Live CD interface received major facelift to allow more control over testing process (including, for example, infinite testing). * Throughout support for new client platform: Debian (including builds of Enterprise and Live CD versions). * New class of modules – “software detects” are introduced. These modules detect and record versions and build options of software used for future reference. * Lots of new tests: array-configurator, bonnie++ version 0.2, boot_from_image, db_comparison_fast, dd, hdd-passthrough version 0.3, iozone, mencoder_hdd, mencoder_memory, partimage, stress-compress, torrent-upload. * New hardware detects: Infiniband, BBU. * New monitorings: loadavg.
Lots of stability fixes and bug fixes were applied:
* This release uses new version of Einarc (one-that-would-be-1.4) to manage hardware and software RAIDs on storage devices. * Heavily improved new hdd-badblocks utility. * Fixed many issues with XML indentation and compliance on client and server sides. * Many user interface and general outlook improvements.
* A hook that allows unconditional execution of code after test competion (like “finally”). * Enhanced helper API for tests and detects in client’s API. * Firmware test heavily uses hardware detects. * Benchmarks can publish measurement units. * Ability to change default filesystem used in many tests.
We'd be happy to hear any feedback, bug reports and testing results!