Breakin stress-test and diagnostics

Breakin is Advanced Clustering’s stress-test and hardware diagnostics tool. Advanced Clustering engineers developed Breakin because no other available product — commercial or open-source — could pinpoint hardware issues and component failures as well as they wanted.

The Breakin application proved to be so powerful at finding hardware issues that it is now used by several major component manufacturers in their validation and factory testing procedures.

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Breakin Features and Benefits

  • No installation required

    To start testing, you can boot from the breakin image, nothing to install. Breakin currently supports booting from network via PXE, CD/DVD-ROM drive, or USB key.

  • Open source

    Breakin is free and open-source.

  • Extensible

    Breakin has a modular testing architecture.  New stress-test scripts can be added to your custom breakin install.

  • Remote access

    Breakin runs an SSH server, so you can remotely monitor the system while running the tests.

  • CPU & Memory test

    Using applications using the most intensive math libraries, breakin fully tests all processor cores and physical memory installed in the system.

  • Hard drive tests

    Using a non-destructive test all drives in the system are exercised to find any faults.

  • Temperature readings

    If your system supports IPMI temperature and fan data is shown to make it easy to check for adequate cooling.

  • ECC reporting

    With most systems that support ECC memory, Breakin can provide details on any memory errors that occur.

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Hardware Requirements

Breakin should support any hardware supported by the Linux kernel. The main tests are optimized for both the AMD and Intel processor architectures using math libraries created by the processor manufacturer. Advanced Clustering uses breakin every day on a variety of systems and architectures:

Breakin has been fully tested and works on:

  • Any recent Advanced Clustering Pinnacle Servers or Horizon Workstation
  • Should also work on:
    • AMD Opteron systems
      • Socket 940 single- and dual-core (200 and 800 series)
      • Socket F dual-core (2200 and 8200 series) and quad-core (2300 and 8300 series)
      • Socket G34 (6100-6300 series)
    • Intel Xeon systems
      • Intel Xeon E5-26XX processors
      • Intel Xeon 5XXX processors (including 5400, 5500, and 5600)
      • Intel Xeon 3XXX processors (including 3000, 3200, 3400, 3500, and E3-XXXX)
      • Intel Core series systems
      • 2nd Generation Core i3/i5/i7 series
      • 1st Generation Core i3/i5/i7 series
      • Core 2 Duo or Quad
  • Many older platforms should also work. (Please let us know if you use breakin on older systems and we will update this list.)

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