Conventional Benchmarks as a Sample of the Performance Spectrum

@article{Gustafson1999ConventionalBA,
  title={Conventional Benchmarks as a Sample of the Performance Spectrum},
  author={John L. Gustafson and Rajat Todi},
  journal={The Journal of Supercomputing},
  year={1999},
  volume={13},
  pages={321-342}
}
Most benchmarks are smaller than actual application programs. One reason is to improve benchmark universality by demanding resources every computer is likely to have. However, users dynamically increase the size of application programs to match the power available, whereas most benchmarks are static and of a size appropriate for computers available when the benchmark was created; this is particularly true for parallel computers. Thus, the benchmark overstates computer performance, since smaller… CONTINUE READING
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