editor's blog
Subscribe Now

Benchmarking Android

With Android adoption continuing at a quick pace, there are more and more platforms available for users to choose from. But they don’t all perform equally. So how can developers (or even users) get a good sense of how the base system works?

You might think of just taking a particular app and trying it on different machines to compare. But the performance of a given app on a given system is highly dependent on the compiler optimizations used, so relying on that might amount to comparing the software builds more than the actual systems.

To address this, EEMBC has announced AndEBench for benchmarking Android platforms. In its first release, it focuses on the CPU and the virtual machine interpreter. It will gradually be augmented to test out other portions of the system like the graphics, audio, and networking.

The current emphasis is on integer operations, providing numbers for both native and Java execution. They perform numerous compiler optimizations in order to expose the true available performance of the system. You can also test the platform’s multi-threading capabilities by specifying the number of threads to spawn (although they had to add a Stop button, since, without it, if you dialed in too many threads, the system might disappear for, like, 15 minutes without your being able to call it back).

Apparently there are other benchmarking apps out there; EEMBC cautions that these typically have unclear pedigrees, and rarely make the source code available.

You can find more info in their release

Leave a Reply

featured blogs
Apr 12, 2024
Like any software application or electronic gadget, software updates are crucial for Cadence OrCAD X and Allegro X applications as well. These software updates, often referred to as hotfixes, include support for new features and critical bug fixes made available to the users ...
Apr 11, 2024
See how Achronix used our physical verification tools to accelerate the SoC design and verification flow, boosting chip design productivity w/ cloud-based EDA.The post Achronix Achieves 5X Faster Physical Verification for Full SoC Within Budget with Synopsys Cloud appeared ...
Mar 30, 2024
Join me on a brief stream-of-consciousness tour to see what it's like to live inside (what I laughingly call) my mind...

featured video

How MediaTek Optimizes SI Design with Cadence Optimality Explorer and Clarity 3D Solver

Sponsored by Cadence Design Systems

In the era of 5G/6G communication, signal integrity (SI) design considerations are important in high-speed interface design. MediaTek’s design process usually relies on human intuition, but with Cadence’s Optimality Intelligent System Explorer and Clarity 3D Solver, they’ve increased design productivity by 75X. The Optimality Explorer’s AI technology not only improves productivity, but also provides helpful insights and answers.

Learn how MediaTek uses Cadence tools in SI design

featured chalk talk

One Year of Synopsys Cloud: Adoption, Enhancements and Evolution
Sponsored by Synopsys
The adoption of the cloud in the design automation industry has encouraged innovation across the entire semiconductor lifecycle. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Vikram Bhatia from Synopsys about how Synopsys is redefining EDA in the Cloud with the industry’s first complete browser-based EDA-as-a-Service cloud platform. They explore the benefits that this on-demand pay-per use, web-based portal can bring to your next design. 
Jul 11, 2023
31,550 views