Measuring high-speed network performance with CubieTruck

Price/Performance Ratio

The CubieTruck posted more than 2,000 requests per second in a test run without HTML data using Apache, and this is usually more than enough.

The device is also very energy efficient, because the CPU can power down to 60MHz in ondemand Governor mode. In normal web application tests, the test tool is busy waiting most of the time, and this gives you a good energy balance during testing without incurring performance penalties.

Priced at $95.00 (£75.00/EUR100), the CubieTruck may be more than twice as expensive as a Raspberry Pi, but in practical terms, it is significantly more powerful. Kernel support is not up to date, which proves to be a shortcoming; but, one hopes that will be remedied in the future.

For the price, you can expect a device that fits nicely in your pocket, is universally deployable – even in server operations, and lends itself to headless operations, thanks to the ability to use a serial console. The two wireless interfaces round off the picture for your infrastructure tests.

The Author

Konstantin Agouros works as a solution architect at Xantaro. His main focus is on telecommunications providers. His book DNS/DHCP (in German) is published by Open Source Press.

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