Appendix II: Historical Benchmarks

Benchmark: A standard or point of reference against which things may be compared or assessed. In IT terms, this can usually be written as “a problem designed to evaluate the performance of a computer system, either directly or as a comparison with another system or systems.”

In IT terms, historical means “over 10 years old,” and knowledge of some benchmarks, historical and prehistoric, needs to be preserved, I feel. It may puzzle the reader as to why older benchmarks should be included in this book, but there are several good reasons, apart from my personal preference. First, they are instructive* in learning about the pitfalls of performance comparisons and absolute measurements. Secondly, it is often necessary ...

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