Author: Shalroth (cpc7-seac20-2-0-cust1.7-2.cable.virginmedia.com)
Date: 01-12-2013 19:41
Good for you! I did a paper on Benchmarking as part of my Computer Science degree... I used GemBench on an STe, TT and Falcon. I was able to answer questions like 'How much of an effect does a Level 1 CPU cache have' and 'What happens if we use a co-processor to speed up memory copy operations' - the 'question' was 'how useful are PC benchmarks?' and the answer they were expecting was 'not very much...' I turned it on its head and my answer was 'They let you probe aspects of computer organisation.' I got a great mark, thanks to Ofir Gal!!
I'm curious, what are you studying? I started in 1998 and they taught us MC68K assembler / Machine Code as an example of an architecture and instruction set, as it was much simpler and logical than i386.