Re: [BENCHMARK] Corrected gcc3.2 v gcc2.95.3 contest results

From: Ingo Molnar (
Date: Mon Sep 23 2002 - 09:26:34 EST

On Mon, 23 Sep 2002, Con Kolivas wrote:

> Agreed. There probably is no statistically significant difference in the
> different gcc versions.
> Contest is very new and I appreciate any feedback I can get to make it
> as worthwhile a benchmark as possible to those who know.

your measurements are really useful i think, and people like Andrew
started to watch those numbers - this is why at this point a bit more
effort can/should be taken to filter out fluctuations better. Ie. a single
fluctuation could send Andrew out on a wild goose chase while perhaps in
reality his kernel was the fastest. Running every test twice should at
least give a ballpart figure wrt. fluctuations, without increasing the
runtime unrealistically.

i agree that only the IO benchmarks are problematic from this POV - things
like the process load and your other CPU-saturating numbers look perfectly

obviously another concern to to make testing not take days to accomplish.
This i think is one of the hardest things - making timely measurements
which are still meaningful and provide stable results.


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