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Brief Announcement: The Problem Based Benchmark Suite

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Executive Summary

This announcement describes the Problem Based Benchmark Suite (PBBS). PBBS is a set of benchmarks designed for comparing parallel algorithmic approaches, parallel programming language styles, and machine architectures across a broad set of problems. Each benchmark is defined concretely in terms of a problem specification and a set of input distributions. No requirements are made in terms of algorithmic approach, programming language, or machine architecture. The goal of the benchmarks is not only to compare runtimes, but also to be able to compare code and other aspects of an implementation (e.g., portability, robustness, determinism, and generality). As such the code for an implementation of a benchmark is as important as its runtime, and the public PBBS repository will include both code and performance results.

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