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Google’s memory stress test tool

Google has released its Stressful Application Test, known by its Unix name as stressapptest. According to Google, Stressful Application Test, which has been used inside the company for sometime, can be used for memory stress testing, hardware qualification and debugging, memory interface tests and disk testing.

The test attempts to create realistic high load situations by maximizing randomised traffic to memory from processor and I/O. The developers advise users that running stressapptest on a live system “could cause other applications to become extremely slow or unresponsive”.

More details about the Stressful Application Test can be found in the Introduction and User Guide. Stressful Application Test 1.0.0 is available to download from Google Code and is released under version 2.0 of the Apache License. An installation guide is also available.

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