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Processor Performance

Rate at which the instructions are processed (clock rate)

Measured in Hertz

1 Hertz - one cycle per second

Processor clock rate measured in MHz

Machines are compared based on their clock speed or number of instructions per second (ISP).

This measure depends on both the number of cycles per second and the mix of instructions executed.

Measure of processor performance is benchmarking.

ZDNet is organization which has a set of useful benchmarks

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