
The 11th General Conference on Weights and Measures (1960) adopted the name Système International d'Unités (International System of Units, international abbreviation SI), for the recommended practical system of units of measurement.
The 11th CGPM laid down rules for the prefixes, the derived units, and other matters. The base units are a choice of seven welldefined units which by convention are regarded as dimensionally independent: the metre, the kilogram, the second, the ampere, the kelvin, the mole, and the candela. Derived units are those formed by combining base units according to the algebraic relations linking the corresponding quantities. The names and symbols of some of the units thus formed can be replaced by special names and symbols which can themselves be used to form expressions and symbols of other derived units.
The SI is not static but evolves to match the world's increasingly demanding requirements for measurement.
On the possible future revision of the SI

