The process of gathering, archiving, and distributing
computer benchmark data is a cumbersome task usually
performed by computer users and vendors with little
coordination. Most importantly, until recently there has been no
publicly-available central depository of performance
data for all ranges of machines: supercomputers to
personal computers. We present an Internet-accessible
performance database server (PDS) which can be used to
extract current benchmark data and literature.
an on-line catalog of public-domain computer
benchmarks such as the Linpack Benchmark, Perfect
Benchmarks, and the Genesis benchmarks. PDS does not
reformat or present the benchmark data in any way
which conflicts with the original methodology of any
particular benchmark, and is thereby devoid of any
subjective interpretations of machine performance.
We feel that all branches (academic and industrial) of
the general computing community can use this facility
to archive performance metrics and make them readily
available to the public. PDS can provide a more
manageable approach to the development and support of
a large dynamic database of published performance
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