Stresslinux: load test your box

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.

Webpage: Stresslinux

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