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Book: The Science of Computer Benchmarking
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Book: The Science of Computer Benchmarking

I have recently published a book with SIAM, entitled:

"The Science of Computer Benchmarking"
Roger W. Hockney
ISBN 0-89871-363-3

Available at the SIAM stand, Supercomputing95, San Diego

Published November 1995, it consists of 129 pages and is a softcover
volume at US$ 21.25. Those of you interested in computer benchmarking
and performance analysis should find the book valuable. It is a
tutorial exposition of the methodology and low-level benchmarks of the
Parkbench committee's report on parallel computer benchmarking,
together with the dimensionless theory of scaling and the graphical
presentation of results. It is suitable as a teaching text for
tutorials, advanced undergraduate and MSc courses. The chapter
headings are:

Chapter-1: "Introduction" - survey of Parkbench committee
and other benchmarking activities, and the
usefulness of benchmarking.

Chapter-2: "Methodology" - units, symbols and performance
metrics with examples. Critique of Speedup.

Chapter-3: "Low-level Parameters and Benchmarks" -
tutorial definition of the r-infinity and
n-half performance parameters, and the
benchmarks to measure them.

Chapter-4: "Computational Similarity and Scaling" -
dimensionless theory of scaling with the
principle of "Computational Similarity".

Chapter-5: "Presentation of Results" - The Univ. of
Tennessee's "Performance Database Server" and
the Univ. of Southampton's "Graphical
Benchmark Information Service".

Prepayment is required and shipping charge will apply.
Please contact SIAM for further ordering information:

Or the author regarding the book itself:
Roger W. Hockney
(Professor Emeritus, Reading University, UK)
(Visiting Professor, Southampton University,UK)
Ordinary mail: 4 Whitewalls Close, Compton, Newbury,
England, UK.
Telephone: +44 (1635) 578 679 (also fax after speaking).
All times are GMT + 1 Hour
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