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The benchmarking concept is not new in the field of computing or computer networking. The term “benchmark” usually refers to a program or set of programs, used to evaluate the performance of a solution under certain reference conditions, relative to the performance of another solution. Benchmarking of wired and wireless computer networks is put forward as a research topic in the CREW and OneLab2 projects, and benchmarking of applications and virtual machines is being researched in a BonFIRE experiment. In this talk, we introduce benchmarking concepts as used in these projects, discuss the relation between measurements and benchmarking, and answer why these topics are relevant today.