Tag Archives: Silverlight

We have rewritten SilverBench from Silverlight to JavaScript… and it works!

Microsoft killed Silverlight in 2012, and as you may have noticed the Internet Explorer is the last browser that supports it. So as the result, less and less users are using SilverBench to benchmark or stress test their PCs. Today we are launching SilverBench v2 rewritten entirely in the JavaScript, so you can now benchmark any device that has a web browser.

We have also taken a step further, and instead of Ray tracing we are now using Photon mapping. And Photon mapping is a way slower, so the Stress test runs even slower while still consuming 100% of all the CPU cores. Also, the Silverlight by design allowed us to use only one CPU socket. We are now using JavaScript Web Workers, and in theory this should scale across any number of CPU sockets, but we have not tested this yet.

SilverBench v2
SilverBench v2 · 2018
SilverBench v1
SilverBench v1 · 2010

Original source code taken from Kevin Beason’s smallpt project which we rewrote into JavaScript. More info and credits here.

Urih.com statistics – you never know what will be most used feature

22 weeks (or 5 months and 5 days) after urih.com launch, here we have an interesting stats. Clearly, the most used feature on the urih.com is SilverBench – online CPU benchmark tool.

The opposite – the feature that no one have used is: Feedback form, that is located on all pages.

To be exact, the Feedback feature is used exactly 0 (zero, null, none) times. However SilverBench is used many, many times each day. If you look at the SilverBench results page, you can see, that from 5 – 10 people submit their benchmark scores every day.

So no one can predict, that after 22 weeks, the one of the most prominent features will not be used even single time.

P.S. Forgot to mention, that 36 days ago we launched HTTP Response header tool. An online tool, that can be used to view HTTP header stats and information for any site in the Internet.

Test Silverlight speed or Test CPU speed with Silverlight

While we were developing SilverBench (online multicore CPU benchmarking with Silverlight), I found one interesting benchmark project.

It is called Balls / Bubblemark animation test. You can test and directly compare speed / performance for the following programming languages: JavaScript, Silverlight (C#), Flash (ActionScript) and Java. Source code is provided. Project is maintained from 2007 and last time updated in mid 2009.