Weekly Classic Computer Trivia Question (20150204)
andy.holt at tesco.net
Wed Feb 4 16:30:08 CST 2015
> As silly as it was the movie Hackers referred to the mainframe computer in
> the movie as a Gibson.
> Where did the term Gibson come from?
A benchmark for commercial-type workload in the 1960s was called the "Gibson Mix"
(presumably after a Mr or Dr Gibson). It predates the Whetstone.
I can't remember whether CCTA ran it on our ICL1905E or the Honeywell L66 that replaced it.
Just looked it up on wiki … my memory is a bit faulty - it was a benchmark for scientific workloads and dates from the late 50s.
But, yes, it was devised by a Jack Clark Gibson of IBM.
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