Encyclopedia of Parallel Computing

2011 Edition
| Editors: David Padua

Perfect Benchmarks

  • David Padua
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-09766-4_358

The Perfect Benchmarks [1] were created in the late 1980s underthe leadership of the University of Illinois’ Center for Supercomputing Researchand Development (CSRD) with the participation of several other institutions (thePerfect Club). The name Perfect is an acronym for PERFormance Evaluation byCost-effective Transformations. The Benchmarks came from real applications incontrast to the Livermore Loops and other simple codes used in the 1980s toevaluate machines. Thirteen Benchmarks were included: ADM, solves thehydrodynamics equations to simulate air pollution, contributed by IBM Kingston;ARC2D, a finite difference fluid dynamics code developed at NASA Ames;BDNA, a molecular dynamics code for nucleic acid simulation contributedby IBM Kingston; DYFESM, a structural dynamics finite element codecontributed by NASA Langley Research Center; FLO52Q, a computation fluiddynamics code contributed by Princeton University; MDG, which usesmolecular dynamics to simulate liquid water; MG3D, a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Padua
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  1. 1.Siebel Center for Computer ScienceUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 4227 Siebel Center, M/C-258UrbanaUSA