7-Zip benchmark on Raspberry Pi

The 7-Zip Benchmark command

7zip

Measures speed of the CPU and checks RAM for errors.

You can install 7-Zip from the Raspbian Desktop – this is how:

  • Click on the Raspberry in the top left of your screen:
  • Go down to “Preferences” –> and click on “Add / Remove Software”:
  • When the new window opens, type “p7zip” in the search box and hit enter
  • Click both of the checkboxes for “p7zip” (they should be the last 2 choices)

You can also install 7-Zip from the command line:

sudo apt-get install p7zip

Syntax

b [number_of_iterations] [-mmt{N}] [-md{N}] [-mm={Method}]

There are two tests:

  1. Compressing with LZMA method
  2. Decompressing with LZMA method

The benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured CPU speed and it is normalized with results of Intel Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So if you have Intel Core 2 Duo, rating values must be close to real CPU frequency.

You can change the upper dictionary size to increase memory usage by -md{N} switch. Also, you can change the number of threads by -mmt{N} switch.

The Dict column shows the dictionary size. For example, 21 means 2^21 = 2 MB.

The Usage column shows the percentage of time the processor is working. It’s normalized for a one-thread load. For example, 180% CPU Usage for 2 threads can mean that average CPU usage is about 90% for each thread.

The R / U column shows the rating normalized for 100% of CPU usage. That column shows the performance of one average CPU thread.

Avr shows averages for different dictionary sizes.

Tot shows averages of the compression and decompression ratings.

Compression speed and rating strongly depend on memory (RAM) latency.

Decompression speed and rating strongly depend on the integer performance of the CPU. For example, the Intel Pentium 4 has big branch misprediction penalty (which is an effect of its long pipeline) and pretty slow multiply and shift operations. So, the Pentium 4 has pretty low decompressing ratings.

You can run a CRC calculation benchmark by specifying -mm=crc. That test shows the speed of CRC calculation in MB/s. The first column shows the size of the block. The next column shows the speed of CRC calculation for one thread. The other columns are results for multi-threaded CRC calculation.

With -mm=* switch you can run a complex benchmark. It tests hash calculation methods, compression and encryption codecs of 7-Zip. Note that the tests of LZMA have a big weight in “total” results. And the results are normalized with AMD K8 CPU in a complex benchmark.

Examples:

#Runs the benchmark once - takes about 75 seconds on my
#Raspberry Pi 3B+ so please be patient...
7zr b
#You can run and save the output to a file if you wish
#You will not see it running this time while the benchmark
#is running - again please be patient for about 75 seconds
7zr b > 7zip-basic-benchmark-example.txt
#To view the output later or to share it with others
cat 7zip-basic-benchmark-example.txt
#Runs the benchmark twice and give you an average of the
#2 tests - this takes about 150 seconds for this test
7zr b ; 7zr b
#Runs the complete 7-zip benchmark - please be patient...
#There is more information @ http://www.single-board.com 
7zr b -mm=*
#Runs the benchmark 30 times and gives you an average
#This test takes a very long time on the Raspberry Pi
#Watch my YouTube video to see all the cores working on
#Conky - and I am using SimpleScreenRecorder and 
#Asciinema to record everything your seeing today.
7zr b 30
Asciinema
Asciinema

Click here for a direct link to the Asciicast in a new window.

To learn how to install Asciinema click here.

Here is the Asciicast:

NOTE: first 70 seconds don’t show anything as I was showing how to install 7-Zip through the Raspberry Pi GUI. You can see that in the YouTube video below.

To watch this YouTube video of the whole process in a new window, click here.

SimpleScreenRecorder
Simple Screen Recorder

Otherwise, click on the video below and enjoy!

NOTE 1:

I use several different software programs and hardware at the same time in this video. This is a culmination of hardware and software that I have used in my previous Asciicast, blogs, and videos. If you want to ask me specific questions I am always available via email, just be patient 🙂

NOTE 2:

If you are interested in testing Single Board Computers like I am, you might just want to head over to “Performance Analysis Methodology” and read what is there. It is very interesting and worth the time if you’re serious about accurate results and not just a stack of data.

Conky Desktop Widget for Raspberry Pi

So what is Conky? Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any kind of information on your desktop and works on Raspberry Pi. It is highly configurable and is able to monitor many system variables including the status of the CPU, memory, swap space, disk storage, temperatures, processes, and much more.

Features:

Conky can display more than 300 built-in objects, including support for:

  • A plethora of OS stats (uname, uptime, CPU usagemem usage, disk usage, “top” like process stats, and network monitoring, just to name a few).
  • Built-in IMAP and POP3 support.
  • Built-in support for many popular music players (MPDXMMS2BMPxAudacious).
  • Can be extended using built-in Lua support, or any of your own scripts and programs (more).
  • Built-in Imlib2 and Cairo bindings for arbitrary drawing with Lua (more).
  • Runs on Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD, NetBSD, Solaris, Haiku OS, and macOS and much much more.

There is a great installation guide over at Nova Spirit Tech. I have copied it for your convenience below.

How to Install Conky:

I am sorry to say that there is no GUI install for Conky so we are going to have it install it from the command line. Open a terminal window and copy and paste the BLUE CODE below:

sudo apt-get install conky -y

Now download the conky configuration file

wget -O /home/pi/.conkyrc https://raw.githubusercontent.com/novaspirit/rpi_conky/master/rpi3_conkyrc

To autostart conky on boot we will need to create 2 files:

1. will be a shell script to delay the boot process of conky.

2. will be the conky desktop files to allow lxdesktop to start the shell script

To create the shell script

sudo nano /usr/bin/conky.sh

Paste this into the conky.sh file

#!/bin/sh
(sleep 4s && conky) &
exit 0

Now create the conky.desktop file for the autostart process

sudo nano /etc/xdg/autostart/conky.desktop

Then paste this into the file

[Desktop Entry]
Name=conky
Type=Application
Exec=sh /usr/bin/conky.sh
Terminal=false
Comment=system monitoring tool.
Categories=Utility;

The last thing to do is to reboot to make sure everything is working. As you can see from the following picture it is!

I have included the video below for your step by step installation. In the above picture, I installed it on my Raspberry Pi 3B+. In the video below I installed it on my Raspberry Pi Zero WH.

gPodder works well on Raspberry Pi

If you listen to podcasts like I do or watch regular screencasts or would like to do so in the future you should consider using gPodder. gPodder is a simple, open source podcast client written in Python using GTK+. In development since 2005 with a proven, mature codebase.

While I relax and even sometimes when I work I want to listen to something in the background. The music fits my needs most times and when it doesn’t there are Podcasts to occupy my mind and imagination. It works on Windows, macOS, Linux and even on the Raspberry Pi, quite nicely in fact.

You can create an account at http://www.gPodder.net, it’s free, and you can sync what you listen to across all of your devices. I have my work Windows system, my at home Linux Mint system and my Raspberry Pi 3B+ all synced together and running gPodder. It’s easy to install and you can watch the video below for step by step of the setup process so you can do the same. Before you know it you will also be listening to things that could capture your imagination. So let’s get started!

NOTE:
Today’s video was recorded with the RESPEAKER and SimpleScreenRecorder.

Final Thoughts:

As you can see this works very well on the Raspberry Pi. I use this software daily on many different platforms and the fact that it works so well makes it easy to recommend to all of you.

So that’s it for another blog & video. I hope you have enjoyed what your have seen. If you’re watching this video on YouTube please press the like button, if you haven’t subscribed please subscribe, and I hope to talk to you again very soon!

VYM – View Your Mind on Raspberry Pi

 

VYM (View Your Mind) is a tool to generate and manipulate maps which show your thoughts. In this video, I will show you how to install and use this incredible program on your Raspberry Pi.

I have included the completed map that I created in the YouTube video below so you can see the value of creating these kinds of Mind Maps.

Final Thoughts:

I have been drawing mind maps most of my life. Some people call it “Theory Crafting”, some people call it “Story Boarding” and they are all related somewhat in concept and design. What makes VYM, View Your Mind so useful is that it is FREE, it works very well on Raspbian and the Raspberry PI and you can share it with others. It is another program that makes the whole Raspberry Pi experience great!

Have fun installing it, using it and taking your ideas and sharing them with others in a whole new way! Catch you next week!

Audacity works very well on Raspberry Pi

Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor, and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. I have installed it on a Raspberry Pi 3B+ and it works very well.

Today I will show you how to install Audacity using the SimpleScreenRecorder software and the RESPEAKER. So what is Audacity & what can it do for you?

  • Recording

    Audacity can record live audio through a microphone or mixer, or digitize recordings from other media.

  • Export / Import

    Import, edit and combine sound files. Export your recordings in many different file formats, including multiple files at once.

  • Sound Quality

    Supports 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit. Sample rates and formats are converted using high-quality resampling and dithering.

  • Plugins

    Support for LADSPA, LV2, Nyquist, VST, and Audio Unit effect plug-ins. Nyquist effects can be easily modified in a text editor – or you can even write your own plug-in.

  • Editing

    Easy editing with Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete. Also unlimited sequential Undo (and Redo) in the session to go back any number of steps.

  • Effects

    Real-time preview of LADSPA, LV2, VST, and Audio Unit (macOS) effects. Plug-in Manager handles plug-in installation and addition/removal of effects and generators from the menus.

  • Accessibility

    Tracks and selections can be fully manipulated using the keyboard. Large range of keyboard shortcuts.

  • Analysis

    Spectrogram view mode for visualizing and selecting frequencies. Plot Spectrum window for detailed frequency analysis.

Final Thoughts:
The setup I have created here is going to be a good foundation for future videos and tutorials. The microphone to me is a must for what I want to do and the RESEAPKER does that very well. Hopefully, future models of the Raspberry Pi will have an onboard microphone and make this setup even easier for the masses. Catch you next week!

SimpleScreenRecorder works on Raspberry Pi

SimpleScreenRecorder is a Linux program that was created to record programs and games by Maarten Baert. I have found this to work exceptionally well on the Raspberry Pi 3B+ and I wanted to show you how easy it is to install and use.

As Maarten Baert’s original goal was to create a program that was just really simple to use, featured filled and is actually a pretty powerful program. It’s ‘simple’ in the sense that it’s easier to use than most other programs because it has a straightforward user interface. Here is a direct link to SimpleScreenRecorder.

NOTE:
I am installing this across my network from my Linux Mint computer using RealVNC to my Raspberry Pi 3B+ so I can use the same SimpleScreenRecorder on the Pi. Once I have that installed on the Pi I will install another program showing you SimpleScreenRecorder being installed on it.

Additional NOTE:
Last week I installed the RESPEAKER on the Pi so that is how you will hear me on the next video. In THIS video the microphone you hear me on is on my Linux Mint computer.

So now that you know about it and all the details let us get to it with the installation. This is going to be fun!

For those that wanted a more close up of the control panels here is a .gif I Googled on the Internet.

Final thoughts:

I have tried several different programs over the years that do screen recordings. I find this one not only the easiest to use but the Simple fact that it works so wonderfully well on the Raspberry Pi is perfect. Give this a try and I think you will be not only very surprised but happy as well. -=Enjoy=-