Comparative Analysis of Computer Systems Lab Activity

Objective: Develop a comprehensive understanding of different computer systems and their specifications by analyzing data from various vendors.


  • Raw data text file containing computer system specifications
  • Personal or lab computer with a spreadsheet software (Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, etc.)
  • Internet access (for research)


  1. Preparation:
    • Your instructor will provide you with a raw data text file that contains specifications of various computer systems.
    • Divide yourselves into groups and each group will be assigned a different set of computer systems from the list.
  2. Data Analysis:
    • Using your spreadsheet software, input the specifications of your assigned systems. Consider the following criteria in your analysis:
      • Vendor (e.g., IBM, Honeywell)
      • Model Name
      • Myct
      • Mmin
      • Mmax
      • Cach
      • Chmin
      • Chmax
      • PRP
      • ERP
  3. Comparative Analysis:
    • Compare and contrast the specifications of different systems within your group.
      • How do they differ in terms of memory?
      • How do they compare in terms of cache?
      • What are the differences in terms of channels?
    • Discuss how the systems from the same vendor differ from each other in terms of specifications.
      • Does the same vendor offer systems with varying specifications?
      • What could be the potential reasons for these variations?
    • Analyze the PRP (Published Relative Performance) and ERP (Estimated Relative Performance) values.
      • Which system performs best based on these metrics?
      • Is there a correlation between other specifications (like memory, cache, channels) and these performance values?
  4. Presentation and Discussion:
    • Present your findings to the class. Highlight the most interesting observations and conclusions.
    • Participate in a group discussion where each team shares their insights and learnings.

Remember, the goal of this lab activity is not only to understand computer systems but also to hone your data analysis and presentation skills. Happy analyzing!

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