rteval - Man Page

evaluate latency performance of a realtime Linux system


rteval [ -hvsLSDOZ ] [-d duration ] [-w workdir ] [-l loaddir ] [-X host ]

The rteval program is used to evaluate the realtime performance of a realtime Linux kernel on a particular hardware system. There is nothing that actually requires a realtime Linux kernel, but the latency measurements will usually be pretty bad on a stock Linux kernel.


These programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes ('--').
A summary of options is included below.

-h,  --help

print a help message

-d,  --duration=DURATION

Specify the length of the measurement run. DURATION is an integer with an optional suffix indicating the units:

  s - seconds
  m - minutes
  h - hours
  d - days
for example to execute a ten minute run of rteval:
    $ rteval --duration=10m

-v,  --verbose

Increase the verbosity of output during the test run

-w WORKDIR, --workdir=WORKDIR

Tell rteval to change directory to WORKDIR before creating any subdirectories for report files. The default WORKDIR is the directory in which rteval was started.

-l LOADDIR, --loaddir=LOADDIR

Tell rteval where to find the source for the loads


List of CPUs where loads will run


List of CPUs where measurement applciation will run

-s,  --sysreport

Have rteval run the sysreport utility after a run to gather information on the running system.

-D,  --debug

Turn on debugging prints during run

-X HOST, --xmprpc-submit=HOST

Have rteval send report data to HOST following the run, using XML-RPC

-P,  --xmlrpc-no-abort

Do not abort if XML-RPC server do not respond to ping  request

-Z,  --summarize

Have rteval summarize an existing report. This will not cause loads or meausurement utilities to be run.

-H,  --raw-histogram

Generate raw histogram data for an already existing XML report

-f INIFILE, --inifile=INIFILE

Initialization file for configuring loads and behavior

-a COMMENT, --annotate=COMMENT

Add a little annotation which is stored in the report

-L,  --logging

Log the output of the loads in the report directory

-O,  --onlyload

Only run the loads (don't run measurement threads)


download a source kernel from kernel.org and exit

Module Options

These are options that affect the execution behavior of the measurement and load modules.


SCHED_FIFO priority for measurement threads (default: 95)


Measurement thread interval in microseconds (default: 100)


Interval increment in microseconds (default: 0)


Number of 1 microsecond histogram buckets (default: 3500)


Number of jobs per online-core for hackbench load


Number of jobs per online-core for kernel compile load


rteval-YYYYMMDD-S This is a directory created by rteval to hold the summary.xml file as well as other files collected on the system. It is the current Year, Month, and Day, followed by a sequence number for multiple runs on the same day.

summary.xml This is an XML file that contains information about a test run and the host system upon which rteval was run. dmesg This is the output of the dmesg(1) program immediately following system boot. It is copied from /var/log/dmesg.

See Also



rteval was written by Clark Williams <williams@redhat.com>

XML-RPC and database code by David Sommerseth <davids@redhat.com>


august 27, 2009