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HINT Benchmarks of Commodity Systems
HINT is a benchmarking program that provides a graph of system performance, not in bogus terms of MIPS or MFLOPS, but in a rigorously defined mathematical definition of work called QUIPS.
HINT determines the speed for a given machine specification and problem size. Computers typically are fastest on problems of small size and as the problem size grows, they slow down as they run out of fast memory and start using the main memory. They slow down even more if they have to access the disk. This performance curve is clearly visible from HINT generated data, and the curves are easily compared for different machines.
The graph below shows the HINT performance for a representative 200MHz Pentium Pro and 266MHz Pentium II system compared to a 500MHz Digital Alpha and an SGI R10000-based system.
Figure 1. HINT Comparison of Pentium Pro and Pentium II to Competive CPUs
Figure 2. Comparison of Multiple-Processor Systems