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Evaluating the Mflops Measure
August 1996 (vol. 16 no. 4)
pp. 69-75
The capability of the MIPS measure as an indicator of computer performance is highly questionable and is often rejected by most researchers. On the other hand, the MFLOPS measure is commonly used, mainly in mainframes and workstations for scientific and engineering tasks. The MFLOPS measure, as described by Dongarra, is widely employed because of its efficiency and effectiveness in terms of simplicity and its indicative abilities. The question of the value of the MFLOPS measure and the ways it should be applied is treated in this article. We suggest evaluation models, based on architectural and configurational parameters of the computer, and examine their validity. The analysis shows a correlation between the MFLOPS measure and the MIPS measure for various specific time periods and various specific manufacturers.
Index Terms:
MFLOPS, computer performance evaluation, computer performance models
Citation:
Ran Giladi, "Evaluating the Mflops Measure," IEEE Micro, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 69-75, Aug. 1996, doi:10.1109/40.526927
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