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Issue No. 12 - December (1990 vol. 23)
ISSN: 0018-9162
pp: 65-75
<p>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.</p>

R. P. Weicker, "An Overview of Common Benchmarks," in Computer, vol. 23, no. , pp. 65-75, 1990.
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