Semi-Standard benchmarks represent the middle ground in the spectrum. This approach
combines the best of both custom and standard designs.
With a semi-standard benchmark, most of the design is done through the adoption
of an existing standard specification. Elements of the standard benchmark are then
adapted, augmented or eliminated to better fit the target application.
Adapting an existing benchmark requires substantially less time and effort than
defining a completely original benchmark. Yet, experience has shown that the quality
of the outcome is generally equal if not superior.