The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) is a non-profit corporation formed to establish, maintain and endorse a standardized set of relevant benchmarks that can be applied to the newest generation of high-performance computers. SPEC develops benchmark suites and also reviews and publishes submitted results from our member organizations and other benchmark licensees.
02/25/2015: - A new version of SPECviewperf, version 12.0.2, has been released. This version adds support for virtualized workstation configurations. Results from version 12.0.2 are comparable to results from 12.0.1, but neither are comparable to previous versions of the benchmark.
02/17/2015: - With the release of SPEC SFS® 2014, SPEC has begun the process of retiring SPEC SFS® 2008. Results for SPEC SFS 2008 will be accepted for review through April 27, 2015 for the review cycle beginning on April 28, 2015 and ending on May 12, 2015. After that time, no further results will be accepted for review or published on the SPEC website, and no further technical support for the benchmark will be provided.
01/07/2015: - SPEC announces the release of SPECapc for PTC® Creo® 3.0. The benchmark provides eight workflows that exercise all aspects of system performance when running the popular product design application. A licensed copy of Creo 3.0 is required to run the benchmark software, which is available for download in both commercial and non-commercial versions.
12/09/2014: - A defect has been identified in the SPECjbb®2013 benchmark suite which impacts the comparability of results. Sales of the benchmark have been suspended and we are no longer accepting new submissions of SPECjbb2013 results for publication on the SPEC website. The Java subcommittee is working to revise the benchmark to correct this defect, add additional validation safeguards, and release a new version as soon as possible. Current licensees will receive a free copy of the new version when it becomes available.
10/01/2014: - The SPEC Research Group is happy to announce the launch of the DevOps Performance Working Group. The newly formed working group is concerned with combining application performance management (APM) and software performance engineering (SPE) activities for business-critical application systems.
08/14/2014: - SPEC's GWPG (Graphics and Workstation Performance Group) announced their benchmark roadmap for upcoming development, including a new strategy for SPECviewperf, upcoming workstation performance-measurement initiatives, and plans for updated application benchmarks.
08/13/2014: - SPECapc has released SPECapc for 3ds Max™ 2015. The benchmark contains 48 tests for comprehensive measurement of modeling, interactive graphics, visual effects, CPU and GPU performance. It is currently available for download and purchase, and requires 64-bit Windows 7, 16GB of memory, and a working copy of 3ds Max 2015 with Service Pack 1 applied.
08/06/2014: - SPEC has released a new version of PTDaemon, v1.7.0. It is now available to all licensees of SPECpower_ssj2008 and SERT. This release adds the Yokogawa WT330 (single channel and 3-phase) as an accepted AC device. This release also adds support for DC power measurements for selected devices. Please note that no SPEC benchmarks/tools currently work with DC environments outside of PTDaemon 1.7.0 itself. All SPECpower_ssj2008 submissions on or after February 3rd, 2015 must be made with v1.7.0 (or higher) of PTDaemon.
05/05/2014: - Call for Nominations: SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award 2014. SPEC's Distinguished Dissertation Award aims to recognize outstanding doctoral dissertations in the field of computer benchmarking, performance evaluation, and experimental system analysis in general. The award is open to dissertations that have been defended between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014, and the nomination submission deadline is September 30, 2014.
04/16/2014: - Call for contributions to ICPE 2015: The 6th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE 2015) has issued a call for contributions on topics related to performance engineering of software and systems. ICPE 2015 will take place from January 31 to February 4, 2015 in Austin, Texas, USA.
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