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million instructions per second

[′mil·yən in′strək·shənz pər ′sek·ənd]
(computer science)
A unit used to measure the speed at which a computer's central processing unit can process instructions. Abbreviated MIPS.
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Personal Computers with multiple Pentium Pro processors are available now, with combined clock speeds of 300-400 M-Hz, capable of 200+ million instructions per second. When it was first introduced, computer journals, including Byte magazine, featured photographs of Rod Canion, then the CEO of Compaq, holding the Portable II aloft with one arm, something most people would not do with most portables.
The cost of processing one MIPS (a million instructions per second) has dropped steadily since 1981.
They feature 16- and 25-MHz 32-bit 68030 microprocessors, complementary 68882 floating-point coprocessors that deliver from 3 million to 5 million instructions per second of performance, and either 4 or 8 MB of memory.
At approximately 20,000 instructions per call setup, we calculated that we needed a processor capable of executing 6 million instructions per second (MIPS).
Over the years, Krueger and a host of students, often building their own equipment, have put together a system that now consists of two general-purpose computers and several specialized processors, including one that executes 40 million instructions per second. Tying it all together is a maze of computer programs that control everything from vision analysis to special graphics.
Significant Tech Feature: Both units feature a digital signal processor that works in real time for a processing rate of approximately 150 million instructions per second.
"MIPS," million instructions per second, refers to the average number of machine language instructions that a computer can perform in 1 sec.
The ES-1 packs up to 6.2 million gates in a single cubic foot of cabinet space, allowing computational speeds to approach 1600 million instructions per second and 1600 million floating-point operations per second.

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