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.
03/10/2015: - SERT V1.1.0 released; SERT V1.1.0 is a significant update, adding support for e.g., Oracle Solaris 11 running on SPARC64 and SPARC T4 as well as Intel x86. The user interface has been enhanced to simplify multi-node test configuration, automated range setting support has been added, and it has been further tuned to deliver successful test passes with a wider range of server configurations. Current licensees will be entitled to a free upgrade post-release.
03/10/2015: - An updated release of PTDaemon, V1.7.1, is released with SERT V1.1.0. This release adds support for additional power analyzers, and enables DC power measurement with many of those analyzers.
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.
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