Performance measurement of computing systems is a complex process because there are a number of variables and factors that must be considered. In computational science and engineering the best method of performance assessment is to measure the performance of computing systems based on codes that you have a personal interest in as a scientist or engineer. Two benchmarks that are commonly referenced in scientific and engineering disciplines are the LINPAK benchmark and the NAS parallel benchmarks.

Terabit will feature a benchmark series in the next Terabit issue.

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