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bw_unix - UNIX pipe bandwidth

BW_UNIX(8) LMBENCH BW_UNIX(8)

NAME

bw_unix - UNIX pipe bandwidth

SYNOPSIS

bw_unix [ -P <parallelism> ] [ -W <warmups> ] [ -N <repetitions> ] size

DESCRIPTION

bw_unix creates a pipe and forks a child process which keeps writing data to the pipe as fast as it can. The benchmark measures how fast the parent process can read the data in size-byte chunks from the pipe. Nothing is done with the data in either the parent (reader) or child (writer) processes.
The size specification may end with ``k'' or ``m'' to mean kilobytes (* 1024) or megabytes (* 1024 * 1024).

OUTPUT

Output format is "%0.2f %.2f\n", megabytes, megabytes_per_second, i.e.,
 
8.00 25.33

MEMORY UTILIZATION

This benchmark should move approximately the reported amount of memory.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Funding for the development of this tool was provided by Sun Microsystems Computer Corporation.

SEE ALSO

lmbench(8).

AUTHOR

Carl Staelin and Larry McVoy
Comments, suggestions, and bug reports are always welcome.
$Date$ (c)1994-2000 Larry McVoy and Carl Staelin