LONDON – The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) has announced that Plurality Ltd., a developer of many-core processors, has joined the consortium's Consumer Workgroup.
Plurality (Netanya, Israel), founded in 2004, develops intellectual property, semiconductors and acceleration boards utilizing the company's many-core processors with up to 256-cores. EEMBC develops benchmark software to ease comparison of different company's processors.
The consumer working group has benchmarks for approximating the performance of processors in digital still cameras, printers, and other embedded systems that handle digital imaging tasks; and approximating the performance of processor subsystems in multimedia tasks such as image, video, and audio file compression and decompression, including benchmarks focusing on encryption and decryption algorithms commonly used in digital rights management (DRM) and eCommerce applications. The Consumer working group is also working on providing a standardized, industry-accepted method of evaluating Web browser performance.
"Participation in EEMBC's Consumer work group allows us to influence and track the progress of important industry benchmarks that utilize multicore and manycore processing," said Peleg Aviely, vice president of engineering at Plurality, in a statement issued by EEMBC.
"Plurality has already demonstrated some very interesting results using EEMBC's ConsumerBench, which is not even a multicore-specific benchmark," said EEMBC president Markus Levy, in the same statement. "The use of MultiBench will allow them to take full advantage of their manycore architecture that includes the company's unique hardware-based synchronizer/scheduler."
There are so many benchmarking agencies in the world today if you search about it you will find pages and pages with results, but it really becomes very hard to find the actual evaluation of the product. It would be really good if the result of this activity comes out as some standardized solution to this.
Some very interesting work going on in the EEMBC. It will be of great interest to see what they come up with for measuring Web browser performance, since that is a somewhat subjective area for most of us - speed is of course of interest, but that is, in the final analysis, controlled by the input & output pipes.
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