Esitmating emulators performance

Performance testing

To measure performance we used variant of Dhrystone 2 Test originally taken from this page. Original version used clock() to calculate delta time. Which is good for real pc, but does not very accurate for dosbox emulator. When clock() call happened modified version send ~>dtime marker to stdout which intercepted by test page and used to calculate delta time with from browser. Source code of modified test is here.

Basically this test produce a lot of int operations and measure amount of operations (Dhrystones) produced per second. Output is a VAX MIPS RATING which is Drhystones per second divided by 1757 (is as DEC VAX 11/780 result).

js-dos bundle with this test can be found on Test page.

Running the test

You can estimate performance of your device here.

Example output:


Implementing the test

To run this test we should use emulators.js (from emulators) and use our js-dos bundle to start test.

<script src="/v7/build/releases/latest/emulators/emulators.js"></script>
// ...
emulators.pathPrefix = "/v7/build/releases/latest/emulators/";

You can start test in worker or direct mode:

// promise is resolved when emulator is started
const ci = await (options.worker ?
emulators.dosWorker(bundle) :

In worker mode each test will run in new worker. If you press Start Worker multiple times, then you will see output from multiple threads. In direct mode browser will probably hangs. In theory direct mode is faster, but browser will be unstable. Our recomendation is to use worker mode all time.

Complete example: