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The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) is a non-profit corporation formed to establish, maintain and endorse standardized benchmarks and tools to evaluate performance and energy efficiency for the newest generation of computing systems. SPEC develops benchmark suites and also reviews and publishes submitted results from our member organizations and other benchmark licensees.

What's New:

01/16/2019: The SPEC Graphics Performance Characterization Group (SPECgpc) has released a Linux Edition of its SPECviewperf 13 benchmark. The Linux Edition benchmark includes all the new features introduced in the Windows version last May.

01/16/2019: The SPECjbb 2015 benchmark has been updated to version 1.02. This update adds support for Java SE 11. Licensees of versions 1.0 and 1.01 are entitled to a complimentary V1.02 upgrade. SPEC will be retiring SPECjbb2015 V1.01 in April 2019, after which time all result submissions must be made with V1.02.

01/16/2019: SPEC Cloud IaaS 2016 is being retired in favor of its successor, SPEC Cloud IaaS 2018. The last date for submitting benchmark results to SPEC for publication on its website is March 6, 2019. On March 6, 2019, the product will no longer be actively supported by SPEC.

12/20/2018: The Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Selection committee has chosen this year to select two winners based on the high quality of both submissions. Matteo Nardelli of the University of Rome and Nikolas Herbst of the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg. The awards will be presented at the ICPE 2019 conference in Mumbai, India.

12/18/2018: SPEC releases SPEC Cloud IaaS 2018, new benchmark software that measures the performance of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud implementations. It measures replicated application instances, overall performance, relative scalability, and mean instance provisioning time of IaaS cloud implementations, both public and private. It replaces the 2016 version, which will be retired in three months. Licensees of SPEC Cloud IaaS 2016 are eligible for a free upgrade to the 2018 version.

12/04/2018: U.S. EPA adopts SPEC SERT 2.0.1: The United States Department of Energy's (DOE) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final version of the "ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Computer Servers Program Requirements" which defines the Active State Efficiency Thresholds that will determine ENERGY STAR eligibility effective June 17, 2019. The new thresholds have been determined using data collected by running the SPEC Server Efficiency Rating Tool (SERT).

11/14/2018: November 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of SPEC. Take a look back at milestones from the last 30 years, from incorporation in 1988 and our first benchmark (SPEC CPU89) to our current 20+ active benchmarks and tools.


[Older items can be found in the archive.]