/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 marketroid
s (see also BogoMIPS
). The singular is sometimes `1 MIP' even though this is clearly etymologically wrong. See also KIPS
2. Computers, especially large computers, considered abstractly as sources of computron
s. "This is just a workstation; the heavy MIPS are hidden in the basement."
3. The corporate name of a particular RISC-chip company; among other things, they designed the processor chips used in DEC
's 3100 workstation series.
4. Acronym for `Meaningless Information per Second' (a joke, prob. from sense 1).