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SPEC updates SPECjAppServer2004
to benefit open-source community

WARRENTON, Va., February 20, 2007 – The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) has released a new version of SPECjAppServer2004, a multi-tier benchmark for measuring the performance of Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE) technology-based application servers. The latest version introduces a reduced workload called EAStress2004 that relaxes run and reporting rules, enabling informal results to be shared more easily in open-source research and development projects.

The EAStress2004 workload in SPECjAppServer2004 V1.08 can be used as a tool to optimize performance of products under development and to share results in public forums.  Unlike SPECjAppServer2004 results, testing results from the EAStress2004 workload do not need to be reviewed by SPEC prior to being made public.

"We’ve developed this new testing methodology in response to requests for a tool that allows for public discussion of performance results in experimental settings," says Ricardo Morin, chair of the SPEC Java subcommittee. "We think this will be a valuable asset for the development community, especially within open-source environments."

Results from the EAStress2004 workload cannot be used for marketing purposes, and comparisons to other SPECjAppServer2004 results are not permitted.

SPECjAppServer2004 is a system benchmark that measures the performance of Java EE application servers, including hardware, application server software, JVM software, database software, JDBC drivers, and the system network.  It was developed by SPEC's Java subcommittee, which currently includes AMD, BEA, Borland, Darmstadt University of Technology, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Oracle, SAP, Sun Microsystems, and Sybase.

Available immediately

SPECjAppServer2004 V1.08 is available immediately from SPEC for $2,000 for retail customers and $250 for qualified non-profit and educational organizations. Upgrades for current SPECjAppServer2004 license holders are available from SPEC free of charge. More information is available at or through e-mail at

About SPEC

SPEC is a non-profit organization that establishes, maintains and endorses standardized benchmarks to measure the performance of the newest generation of high-performance computers. Its membership comprises leading computer hardware and software vendors, universities, and research organizations worldwide. For more information, contact Dianne Rice, SPEC, 6585 Merchant Place, Ste. 100, Warrenton, VA 20187, USA; phone: 540-349-7878; fax: 540-349-5992; e-mail:; web:


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