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Simulates certain types of stress of a system

'stress' is a tool to impose certain types of stress, including CPU load, I/O subsystem load, RAM load, and HDD load, on a system. Since benchmarks do not always answer some the questions that a systems programmer or sysadmin needs answered it can be useful to be able to put the system under a specified amount of load and then take a look at how a given subsystem or application program is behaving.


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Download version 1.0.4 (stable)
released on 19 March 2010



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License:GPLv2Janet Casey27 March 2003

Leaders and contributors

Don Giuliano Contributor
Joseph Johnston Contributor
Klaus Kaiser Contributor
Manoj Iyer Contributor
Amos Waterland Maintainer
Tobias Jahn Contributor
Andrew Shewmaker Contributor

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Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 11 January 2017.


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