## Benchmark(computing)

Hello Everybody,
I am trying to understand what we mean by benchmarks specifically in computer networks

I referred to this source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benchmark_(computing)

1) The first question is that do we consider NS-2 or any network simulator a benchmark? From my understanding the answer is yes. What do you think?

2) I am evaluating a new routing protocol using my own written software to see how this protocol is close in its path to the shortest path (a ratio) and I compare this ratio to other existing protocols' ratios. From my understanding, this is not a benchmark, but I have no reason why I say, please let me the right answer.