IOMeter is a disk I/O benchmark. You can measure e.g. your harddisk's speed based on block size, random read, sequential write and so on.
Here I give an example how to make IOMeter run on Linux. I have been trying to do this for 7 years. The problem is that the GUI ("iometer") only exists for Windows while the Linux packages only contain the backend ("dynamo"). To get it going I used WinE 1.3.32 on SUSE Linux 11.4 x64 and IOMeter 2006.07.27 for Windows. I did not use the source code nor the Linux binaries.
- Set up wine repository
yast2 -> Software -> Repositories -> Add -> Community Repositories -> openSUSE BuildService - Wine CVS Builds
- Install wine
yast -i wine
cd wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/iometer/iometer-stable/2006-07-27/iometer-2006.07.27.win32.i386-setup.exe
- install IOMeter like this
cd wine iometer-2006.07.27.win32.i386-setup.exe
- Start the iometer suite
cd cd ".wine/drive_c/Program Files/Iometer.org/Iometer 2006.07.27" wine Dynamo.exe & wine Iometer.exe
- delete all workers but one by clicking onto "Disconnect Selected Worker or Manager"
- select "Access Specifications" -> 512B; 100% Read; 0% random -> Add
- select "Disk Targets" -> Maximum Disk Size -> 5000 Sectors
- select a target. In this example, let's just choose C:.
- select Test Setup -> Run Time -> 2 Seconds
- click on "Start Tests"
- as file name, enter example -> Ok
- find your data at ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Iometer.org/Iometer 2006.07.27/example.csv
dynamo prints debugging output that is quite usable and understandable.
- what is a worker? Why do you need more than one? This could be a lot clearer by a simple tooltip.
- why do you delete a worker by clicking on "Disconnect Selected Worker or Manager"
- what is a manager? Why do I need to know?