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Advance Computer System Evaluation Architecture

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113938D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 95K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cheung, ST: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is an improved method for automating the execution of computer benchmark tests. Typically in the execution of computer benchmark tests, the computer under computer benchmark test is connected to a lan server via a local area network. The lan server acts as a central repository for a plurality of distinct test suite modules. Each test suite module in the repository is set up particularly to a unique hardware and/or software component of the computer under benchmark test. Examples of test suites modules that correspond to unique hardware and/or software components include operating system modules, video driver modules, processor family modules, disk drive type modules, cache type modules, bus type modules, etc.

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Advance Computer System Evaluation Architecture

      Disclosed is an improved method for automating the execution of
computer benchmark tests.  Typically in the execution of computer
benchmark tests, the computer under computer benchmark test is
connected to a lan server via a local area network.  The lan server
acts as a central repository for a plurality of distinct test suite
modules.  Each test suite module in the repository is set up
particularly to a unique hardware and/or software component of the
computer under benchmark test.  Examples of test suites modules that
correspond to unique hardware and/or software components include
operating system modules, video driver modules, processor family
modules, disk drive type modules, cache type modules, bus type
modules, etc.  In order to run benchmark tests on a computer, a batch
file is customized to reflect the hardware and/or software
configuration for the computer so as to request the appropriate set
of test suite modules from the lan server repository.  The
customization of batch files is often a time consuming task.  Where
there are many disparate hardware and/or software computer
configurations, extensive changes must be made in the batch file.
And when numerous computers are under benchmark tests, identical
changes might have to be propagated through or, in some instances,
copied into many distinct batch files.

      Disclosed is an improved method for automating the execution of
computer benchmark tests.  The method is based on a plurality of
distinct, self contained process phases.  Each phase is implemented
as an encapsulated software object.  As before, the benchmark test
suites are all contained on the lan server.  Every computer under
benchmark test with its unique configuration, requests the
corresponding benchmark test suites from the lan server.  But unlike
the traditional methods of benchmark tests, the set of benchmark test
suites is not pre-determined through customization of a batch file,
instead the set of benchmark test suites is determined at the time of
execution.  No specialize batch file is needed.  Moreover, the batch
file used on all the different computer system configurations is
identical, hence, avoiding the difficulty of managing multiple
disparate batch files.  To illustrate th...