Intel calls for standard multithreaded benchmark

— 11:06 AM on August 23, 2006

At the Hot Chips conference on the Stanford University campus, Intel CTO Justin Rattner has urged companies, universities, and other organizations to help develop a standard benchmarking suite for multi-core processors. Rattner says Intel has developed an internal benchmarking suite that emulates future workloads, such as elaborate bioinformatics, high-end graphics, and financial analysis calculations. Intel believes its benchmarks do a good job of indicating how future software might take advantage of multi-core processors. However, the Intel suite is proprietary and contains code issued from "a number" of the chipmaker's partners.

Since Intel can't release its benchmarks into the wild, it is enlisting support from third parties to help put together a public multi-core benchmarking suite. Intel opened up some elements of its in-house benchmarks for this purpose, and already the University of Pittsburgh, UC Berkeley, and Stanford have contributed their own code to the public suite. As The Reg says, if this project comes to fruition, the public suite could help standardize the evaluation of multi-core performance.

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