The Need for Speed and Automation
"Today, the most common way of measuring overall system performance is through the use of benchmarks. Benchmarks, as the name implies, measure specific aspects of performance. Performance is the result of how efficiently the hardware and software work together to complete a task. There are basically two major types of benchmarks, the micro and the macro. A micro benchmark focuses on one facet or subsystem, such as a filesystem sequential read test or a network I/O bandwidth test. A macro benchmark typically focuses on a specific workload and usually combines the overall performance characteristics of many subsystems, such as a TPC-H or SPECjAppServer workload. Both benchmark types are useful in determining the performance of a given set of software/hardware."
(Submitted by Noel Tue Nov 2, 2004 )
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