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DEFINITION: A benchmark is a point of reference by which something can be measured. In surveying, a "bench mark" (two words) is a post or other permanent mark established at a known elevation that is used as the basis for measuring the elevation of other topographical points.In computer and Internet technology, the term may have any of these meanings:1) A set of conditions against which a product or system is  … 
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BENCHMARK TESTING DEFINITION (continued): …  measured. PC magazine laboratories frequently test and compare several new computers or computer devices against the same set of application programs, user interactions, and contextual situations. The total context against which all products are measured and compared is referred to as the benchmark. 2) A program that is specially designed to provide measurements for a particular operating system or application. 3) A known product with which users are familiar or accustomed to that other newer products can be compared to. 4) A set of performance criteria which a product is expected to meet.Laboratory … 
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