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benchmark The first major synthetic benchmark program,
intended to be representative for numerical (floating-point
intensive) programming. It is based on statistics gathered by
Brian Wichmann at the National Physical Laboratory in
England, using an Algol 60 compiler which translated Algol
into instructions for the imaginary Whetstone machine. The
compilation system was named after the small town of Whetstone
outside the City of Leicester, England, where it was designed.