This paper describes the design and application of a special purpose computer system. It was developed as an internal tool by a computer manufacturer, and has been used in solving a variety of measurement problems encountered in computer performance evaluation.
In recent years the use of instruction mixes to define measures of relative computational power has diminished. This paper will describe how a systemic functional mix of much greater power and complexity than the traditional Gibson Mix was derived, then employed effectively in solving problems which arise in central processor definition and design. Some… (More)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS We thank Barbara Ellis and John O'Connor for careful reviews and suggestions which improved the manuscript. Jim Gathany provided the photography and Karoyle Colbert made the rodent species distribution maps. Thanks also to Diane Small for cover design and desktop publish ing, and Stacy Howard for guiding the manual through the publishing… (More)