1. (IT-related) "A test that uses a representative set of programs and data designed to evaluate the performance of computer hardware and software in a given configuration."
2. (general) "Reference point or standard against which performance or achievement can be assessed. A benchmark often refers to an intermediate target to measure progress within a given period as well as to the performance of other comparable organizational entities."
1. Information technology : vocabulary : third working draft 2382-8 "security" = Technologies de l'information : vocabulaire : 3ème document de travail 2382-8 "sécurité". International Organization for Standardization. Paris : AFNOR, 1992.
2. United Nations MECD Glossary of terms, Tools category