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An Overview of Common Benchmarks
December 1990 (vol. 23 no. 12)
pp. 65-75

The three most often used benchmarks are characterized in detail and users are warned about a number of pitfalls. Two of them, Whetstone and Drystone, are synthetic benchmarks: they were written solely for benchmarking purposes and perform no useful computation. Linpack was distilled out of a real, purposeful program that is now used as a benchmark. Some other benchmarks, namely Livermore Fortran Kernels, Stanford Small Programs Benchmark Set, EDN benchmarks, Sieve of Eratosthenes, Rhealstone and SPEC benchmarks, are briefly considered. Non-CPU influences in benchmark performance are discussed.

Citation:
Reinhold P. Weicker, "An Overview of Common Benchmarks," Computer, vol. 23, no. 12, pp. 65-75, Dec. 1990, doi:10.1109/2.62094
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