Definitions for "Reference Implementation"
Outlines the reference implementation of a specific Z-server and Z-client use in a testbed. Participants may choose to provide a single reference implementation or several different implementations depending on the scope of the testbed project. It is also important to note that since the reference implementation will also be used as test collection, it is important to be aware of what the collection contains, so search and retrieval scenarios can be developed.
a fully functional implementation of a specification in reference to which other implementations can be evaluated
a fully implemented version of a given specification
a step backwards into proprietary software