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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:

08/03/2020: The 12th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering, ICPE 2021, is set to be held April 19-23, 2021, in Rennes, France.

07/03/2020: SPEC is calling for nominations for the Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award 2020. The program is open to dissertations that have been defended between October 2019 and September 2020. Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2020.

06/03/2020: The serverless computing paradigm delivers major benefits for cloud applications —low-cost, fine-grained deployment, and management-free operation. Read more in this SPEC Research Group report.

05/22/2020: Through the years, SPECviewperf has grown from a 55 MB download back in 2000 to a 7 GB download for the current SPECviewperf 13, to an estimated 18 GB download for the upcoming SPECviewperf 2020. Read about the full evolution of the benchmark over more than 25 years.

05/15/2020: Accurately assessing CAD workstation performance means taking into account variances such as dataset complexity, users' most critical tasks, and how the design is affected by downstream operations within the product development cycle. A new article featuring SPEC/GWPG members.

04/20/2020: Video presentations from the ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering 2020 (ICPE 2020) are now live on YouTube!

03/20/2020: The 11th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering, scheduled for April 20-24, will not be held as planned.

02/25/2020: The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) announces that it is offering rewards of up to $9,000 and a free benchmark license for application code and datasets accepted under its benchmark search program.

02/25/2020: The SPECworkstation® 3 benchmark has been updated with reengineered multi-threading code, enabling certain computational workloads to scale beyond 64 logical processors.

02/24/2020: The Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award selection committee has chosen the winning dissertation. It was authored by Guanpeng Li of University of British Columbia, under the supervision of Prof. Karthik Pattabiraman. The selection committee was especially impressed with the quality and clarity of Dr. Li's dissertation. The award will be presented at the International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE) in April 2020.

Given the high quality of dissertations nominated for this award, the committee decided to also publicly recognize another dissertation authored by Dr. Bin Nie under the supervision of Prof. Evgenia Smirni at the College of William & Mary as the runner-up to the award. Honorable mentions were awarded to Pamela Delgado from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), under the supervision of Prof. Willy Zwaenepoel, and Dr. Johannes Hofmann from Friedrich-Alexander Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg, under the supervision of Prof. Gerhard Wellein.

01/29/2020: The United States Department of Energy's (DOE) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memo stating that organizations seeking ENERGY STAR certification are required to use SERT Version 2.0.3 for computer server testing from this date forward.

 

[Older items can be found in the archive.]