High Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilers

Volume 4367 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 3-3

Keynote: Insight, Not (Random) Numbers: An Embedded Perspective

  • Thomas M. ConteAffiliated withCenter for Embedded Systems Resesrch, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University


Hamming said that the purpose of computing was “insight, not numbers.” Yet benchmarking embedded systems is today a numbers game. In this talk, I will dissect Hamming’s famous quote and provide some reasons to hope we can making benchmarking of embedded systems into a science. In particular, I will discuss how to model and measure quantities so that one can gain confidence in the results. I will use the industry standard EEMBC benchmark set as an example. Along the way, I will (I hope) give some insight into what the EEMBC benchmarks are trying to test.