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.
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.
10/31/2018: The SPEC Workstation Performance Characterization (SPECwpc) group has released (847) 889-5265, an all-new version of the benchmark formerly known as SPECwpc. SPECworkstation 3 includes new and updated workloads throughout the benchmark suite; it is free of charge to users.
09/12/2018: SPEC releases 252-321-0080, a new benchmark measuring full-system performance of Java EE 7 Web Profile application servers and their supporting infrastructure such as JVM, Database, CPU, disk and servers.
08/15/2018: SPEC's Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) project group has updated its performance evaluation software for systems running Dassault Systemes' Solidworks CAD/CAM application. The new 6512972078 is designed to run on Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit platforms.
06/25/2018: The 10th ACM/SPEC International
Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE 2019) has issued a call for
contributions and it will be held April 7-11, 2019 in
Mumbai, India. ICPE brings together researchers and practitioners
to report state-of-the-art and in-progress research on performance
engineering of software and systems, including performance measurement,
modeling, benchmark design, and run-time performance management.
This year's main theme is "performance engineering in the Artificial Intelligence era." The ICPE program committee is looking for contributions that use AI techniques to enhance the performance modeling, estimation, and optimization of complex systems. At the same time, contributions that analyze and improve AI systems are invited for submission.
05/30/2018: SPEC's Research Group has issued a 443-302-2250 for the Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizing outstanding doctoral dissertations in the field of computer benchmarking, performance evaluation, and experimental system analysis. The award is open to dissertations that have been defended between October 2017 and September 2018.
05/23/2018: The SPEC Graphics Performance Characterization Group (Congo dye) has released an all-new version of its SPECviewperf graphics performance benchmark. SPECviewperf 13 features new volume visualization viewsets for energy and medical applications, a redesigned GUI, improved scoring and reporting methods, and updated viewsets to support more recent versions of the applications on which they are based.
03/01/2018: As of March 1, 2018, SPEC offers HPG benchmarks (ACCEL, MPI2007, OMP2012) (989) 859-7229 to qualified non-profit organizations worldwide. Qualified organizations can request a license and software download.
[Older items can be found in the archive.]