The MicroStation Benchmark is mdl application designed to gauge how well MicroStation V8i SELECTseries 3 and later will perform on your computer. Several tests are run to evaluate not only graphics performance but also Disk I/O and CPU performance. All results are shown in seconds and are a measure of the total time to complete a given task.
NOTE: We recommend that you do not use your computer for other activities until all of the tests are complete the entire test will like take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes to complete. You may want to wait and run the test over lunch or overnight. Also having many background processing task running could affect your result, especially if the other applications are consuming a considerable amount of memory.
Options are analyze, category and test. Choosing analyze will run all test and allow you to generate a report upon completion. The report cannot optionally be uploaded to Bentley at this time and added to a database such that other users can view your results and share theirs with the user community. An example report is shown below.
Choosing category will open an additional Select Test by Category dialog.
From here you can simply select the category or multi-select categories that you want to run and the click on the Run Test button.
When the tests are complete you can then Generate a local report or submit one to Bentley.
Choosing tests will open the Select Test.
From here you can simply select the design file(s) or multi-select test(s) that you want to run and then click on the Run Test button. With the exception of save image multiple the first name in brackets is the design file or model used for the test followed by the name or type of test performed.
Monochrome with Shadows,Thematic Height and Thematic Slope are all display styles used to test graphics performance.
Once the test are complete you will need to generate a local report, the option to upload is not currently enabled. Feel free to share your results with the community using this thread.
I inadvertently selected "Send Results to Bentley", not selecting "Save Results". I ran the tests again and this time "Save Results" is not selectable. Is there a workaround?
Ignore my previous post - a new session of ustn sorted it out.
My results below.
Are there any configuration variables associated with this, for example it might be useful (as a CAD manager) to be able to enable a simple mode for end users, to put the benchmark reports in a specified location etc.
I used MS_BENCHMARK_DATA as the location to put the output files. The command BENCHMARK TESTS allows you to choose what tests you would like to run. The command BENCHMARK CATEGORY allows you to choose by a "category" of test which to run. Alternately you could edit the base script that it works from but that can be a bit tricky. If you feel you need to do this contact me with the name of the tests that you would want it limited to and I can work out how to do the edits for you. Maybe a later feature would be a test editor that would allow you to persist the set of tests.
mark anderson [Bentley]
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Found bug in script please download latest version here ftp://ftp.bentley.com/visualization/msbench2.zip I also updated file so that anyone dowloading will get the update from 9-5-2013.
Hi Mark, that's very useful, thanks!
Jerry, it would be useful (to myself as a CAD manager) to have the SELECT Server collect information about the local hardware and software configs on each connected machine, not even necessarily benchmark information but just something to give an idea of what's out there when you have several hundred instances.
It seems that there are a lot of helpful additional functions that the SELECT server could possibly perform (like sending me notices of crashing MicroStation installs, people on 'untitled' workspaces etc) seeing as though it's daily polling our installed Bentley software.