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For assessing floating-point performance, there was the Savage benchmark. It was proposed by Bill Savage of Microfloat in Houston, Texas, and published in the Ray Duncan column "16-bit Software Toolbox" in Dr. Dobb’s Journal, Number 83, September 1983, p. 120. A scan of the entire Dr. Dobb's volume can be retrieved here; the relevant article starts ...


The circa-1981 Byte Sieve benchmark may have originally been conceived as a programming language benchmark. But the algorithm consisted of such a simple set of intrinsic basic operations (adds, compares, indexed or calculated address load/stores, not much more) that it could easily be hand-coded or hand-translated to 8-bit ISA assembly language, and thus ...


There are three primary benchmarks used during this period. They are not strictly "CPU" tests, but were often used for that purpose. The almost unknown Rugg/Feldman suite from 1977. This was a series of seven, and later eight, small BASIC benchmarks. They were clever in that each test was a modification of the previous so you only had to type in ...


There were several, but the Sieve benchmark is probably one of the most famous.

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