Re: Singularity and AIs (was: We're stuck with each other)

From: Dan Clemmensen (
Date: Sun Jan 27 2002 - 17:26:08 MST

Party of Citizens wrote:

> On Sun, 27 Jan 2002, Eugene Leitl wrote:
>>oh, a GOPS is a Giga Operation Per Second. 1e9, 1000000000, one billion
>>shiny funky CPU operations of second. Modern CPUs are capable of several
> Can anyone explain the difference, if any, between an operation per
> second, a calculation per second and an instruction per second?

There is no agreed-upon difference: You must look at the definition in
each paper that uses the term, although Instruction per second should be
precise for any given computer. In honor of this state of affairs, Linux
uses "Bogomips," which is explicitly defined to be fairly arbitrary.

By contrast, a FLOP (Floating-point instruction per second) does appear
to have a precise definition. It is used in the US government export
control regulations for supercomputers.

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