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Autobench - an HTTP benchmarking suite
Copyright (C) 2001-2003 Julian T. J. Midgley <>
Autobench is distributed under the terms of the GNU Public Licence, a
copy of which may be found in the file "LICENCE".
The 'autobench' package comprises the following programs:
- A command-line wrapper for httperf which runs httperf a number
of times against a target host, producing a CSV or TSV format
file for later analysis/graphing.
- The administrative controller for distributed autobench. Used
to issue commands to a cluster of machines running autobenchd,
in order to conduct synchronised multiple-client benchmarks
against a target host. Collates the results from all the
clients in the cluster, and outputs CSV or TSV format file as
with autobench.
- The client dameon for distributed autobench. Listens for
commands from autobench_admin, and runs httperf to benchmark
the target host. Summarises the results and returns them to
autobench_admin for collation.
- Takes TSV benchmark results files produced by autobench or
autobench_admin and plots them using gnuplot.
- small utility for rapidly creating files filled with random
data of a specified size. Useful for creating data sets for
- Creates session logs for use with the --wsesslog argument of
httperf from NCSA Combined or NCSA Common Log Format web access
logs. Useful for generating real-life workloads from your log
Man pages are included for all of the above.
See the file "INSTALL" for installation instructions.
Autobench can be used in one of two modes. In the non-distributed
mode, a single autobench client runs benchmarks against one or two
servers. See the "autobench(1)" man page for details of this mode.
The distributed mode allows a server to be benchmarked using several
clients simultaneously (reducing the risk that the clients themselves
will become the bottleneck). See the "autobench_admin(1)" and
"autobenchd(1)" man pages for details.
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