bench_intro - bench introduction
The bench (short for benchmark tools), is a set of related, yet
different, entities which are working together for the easy creation and
execution of performance test suites, also known as benchmarks. These are
- A tcl based language for the declaration of test cases. A test case is
represented by a tcl command declaring the various parts needed to execute
it, like setup, cleanup, the commands to test, etc.
- A package providing the ability to execute test cases written in that
Which of the more detailed documents are relevant to the reader of
this introduction depends on their role in the benchmarking process.
- A writer of benchmarks has to understand the bench language itself.
A beginner to bench should read the more informally written bench
language introduction first. Having digested this the formal bench
language specification should become understandable. A writer
experienced with bench may only need this last document from time to time,
to refresh her memory.
- A user of benchmark suites written in the bench language has
to know which tools are available for use. At the bottom level sits the
package bench, providing the basic facilities to read and execute
files containing benchmarks written in the bench language, and to
manipulate benchmark results.
This module and package have been derived from Jeff Hobbs' tclbench
application for the benchmarking of the Tcl core and its ancestor
BUGS, IDEAS, FEEDBACK¶
This document, and the package it describes, will undoubtedly contain bugs and
other problems. Please report such in the category bench of the
Tcllib Trackers [http://core.tcl.tk/tcllib/reportlist]. Please also
report any ideas for enhancements you may have for either package and/or
bench, bench_lang_faq, bench_lang_intro, bench_lang_spec
bench language, benchmark, performance, testing
Copyright (c) 2007 Andreas Kupries <firstname.lastname@example.org>