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This package contains functions for measuring the performance of Mathematica on your computer and for producing a comparison report that includes benchmark results for other computers. The MathematicaMark2004 benchmark, a collection of typical numeric and symbolic computations, is used for evaluating the performance of the computer system on which Mathematica is run.
The overall MathematicaMark2004 result is computed as the geometric mean of the reciprocal of individual timings, normalized with respect to a reference system. The timings for the individual computations are measured with Timing[ ], which returns the CPU time. Running the MathematicaMark2004 benchmark takes about one minute on the reference system and requires 512 MB of free memory.

This loads the package.


BenchmarkReport[ ] runs the MathematicaMark2004 benchmark and produces a notebook report that compares the performance of your computer with results from several known systems. If no front end is available, a plain text version of the report is returned.

Generating a benchmark report.

Benchmark[ ] runs the MathematicaMark2004 benchmark and returns the results as raw data. This package includes a collection of benchmark results for a variety of systems as given in $BenchmarkSystems.

Benchmark utilities.

This gives raw benchmark data in InputForm. (The data shown here was produced on the reference system.)


You can create a customized comparison report using BenchmarkReport[ ] by specifying computer systems from $BenchmarkSystems and raw benchmark data as returned by Benchmark[ ].

Produce a customized notebook report.

This gives a report for two known systems and your computer.