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NOUN (1)

1. (computer science) a unit for measuring the execution speed of a computer's CPU (but not the whole system);
- Example: "4 MIPS is 4,000,000 instructions per second"
[syn: MIPS, million instructions per second]


WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

MIPS n 1: (computer science) a unit for measuring the execution speed of a computer's CPU (but not the whole system); "4 MIPS is 4,000,000 instructions per second" [syn: MIPS, million instructions per second]
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

MIPS Microprocessor without Interlocked Piped Stages
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

MIPS Million Instructions Per Second (CPU)
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

MIPS /mips/, n. [abbreviation] 1. A measure of computing speed; formally, ?Million Instructions Per Second? (that's 10^6 per second, not 2^20!); often rendered by hackers as ?Meaningless Indication of Processor Speed? or in other unflattering ways, such as ?Meaningless Information Provided by Salesmen?. This joke expresses an attitude nearly universal among hackers about the value of most benchmark claims, said attitude being one of the great cultural divides between hackers and marketroids (see also BogoMIPS). The singular is sometimes ?1 MIP? even though this is clearly etymologically wrong. See also KIPS and GIPS. 2. Computers, especially large computers, considered abstractly as sources of computrons. ?This is just a workstation; the heavy MIPS are hidden in the basement.? 3. The corporate name of a particular RISC-chip company, later acquired by SGI. 4. Acronym for ?Meaningless Information per Second? (a joke, prob.: from sense 1).
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

MIPS 1. Million instructions per second. The unit commonly used to give the rate at which a processor executes instructions. Often rendered by hackers as "Meaningless Indication of Processor Speed" or in other unflattering ways. This expresses a nearly universal attitude about the value of most benchmark claims, said attitude being one of the great cultural divides between hackers and marketroids. The etymologically incorrect singular "1 MIP" is sometimes heard. See also KIPS and GIPS. 2. VAX MIPS. 3. Microprocessor without Interlocked Pipeline Stages. 4. MIPS Technologies, Inc. [Jargon File] (1996-03-01)