Want to put your system under extreme load and test the performance, stability and thermal conditions? If you are a system builder, overclocker or the die-hard gamer looking for a robust hardware, you might. Stresslinux is a Linux mini-disto to do all kind of hardware load testing.
Stresslinux is built from SUSE Studio build system and is a OpenSUSE variant. It can run from a bootable cdrom, usb, virtual machine or via PXE (wip). It comes with cmdline utilities for system stress testing and does not have a GUI.
The default username and password for Stresslinux is stress. The user is a sudoer. The default root password is stresslinux.
Let’s check out some of the tools that come with Stresslinux:
- stress: workload generator for POSIX systems. It imposes a configurable amount of CPU, memory, I/O, and disk stress on the system.
- cpuburn: overclock and test your CPU.
- hddtemp: monitor hard disk temperature.
- lm_sensors: read CPU temperature sensor chip data.
- mprime: overclock and test system stability.
- smartmontools: monitor S.M.A.R.T. attributes and run hard drive self-tests.
- memtester: userspace utility for testing the memory subsystem for faults.
- netperf: network performance benchmarking tool.
- ramspeed: a cache and memory benchmarking tool.
- y-cruncher: scalable multi-threaded Pi-benchmark for multi-core systems.
The distro has versions to be downloaded for burning on both Linux and Windows. The download size is around 200MB.