Intel calls for standard multithreaded benchmark
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.