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Oracle Linux: How To Test Network Performance Using iperf(1) Utility (Doc ID 1507397.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 15, 2018

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version Oracle Linux 4.4 and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Version N/A and later
Linux x86
Linux x86-64
Currency Check on 15-Aug-2014

Goal

Various ad hoc' methods, such as scp(1), are sometimes used in attempts to assess network performance; as a group, the results from these techniques are difficult to reproduce.  It is difficult to determine exactly which part of the server or network is actually being tested.  Tailoring the network usage to mimic the production traffic can be difficult to achieve.  The iperf utility is the recommended tool for this purpose.

Oracle Linux 7 contains the iperf RPM package in the ol7_developer_EPEL YUM distribution channel.  This distribution channel is not enabled by default in either https://yum.oracle.com or in the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) https://linux.oracle.com site.

Visit the iperf home page https://iperf.fr/ for detailed information.  Program binaries may be available at that site, but use the Oracle Linux version when available.

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