MineBench: A Benchmark Suite for Data Mining Workloads. Data mining constitutes an important class of scientific and commercial applications. Recent advances in data extraction techniques have created vast data sets, which require increasingly complex data mining algorithms to sift through them to generate meaningful information. The disproportionately slower rate of growth of computer systems has led to a sizeable performance gap between data mining systems and algorithms. The first step in closing this gap is to analyze these algorithms and understand their bottlenecks. With this knowledge, current computer architectures can be optimized for data mining applications. In this paper, we present MineBench, a publicly available benchmark suite containing fifteen representative data mining applications belonging to various categories such as clustering, classification, and association rule mining. We believe that MineBench will be of use to those looking to characterize and accelerate data mining workloads.