benchmark [techspeak] /n./ An inaccurate measure of computer
performance. "In the computer industry, there are three kinds of
lies: lies, damn lies, and benchmarks." Well-known ones include
Whetstone, Dhrystone, Rhealstone (see h), the Gabriel LISP
benchmarks (see gabriel), the SPECmark suite, and LINPACK.
See also machoflops, MIPS, smoke and mirrors.
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