Chapter 10

Commercial andScientific Benchmarks

Integer and Fixed-Point Benchmarks

There is little emphasis on pure integer and floating-point-oriented benchmarks except perhaps within a manufacturer who wishes to compare systems of different types of generations of the same architecture. This is a perfectly valid use of these kernels or tight routines to test the speed of computation, usually without I/O. There is a move to test speed and throughput using benchmarks with the actual software that the organization intends to use in practice.

Commercial Benchmarks

Sometimes a project needs to assess the performance characteristics of a system using the actual software that will be used in production, especially if large volumes and complex usage ...

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