Association for Computing Machinery
It is without doubt that industry standard benchmarks have been proven to be crucial to the innovation and productivity of the computing industry. They are important to the fair and standardized assessment of performance across different vendors, different system versions from the same vendor and across different architectures. Good benchmarks are even meant to drive industry and technology forward. Since at some point, after all reasonable advances have been made using a particular benchmark even good benchmarks become obsolete over time.