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What is SPEC?

Monday, November 17, 2008
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When I started to study about the Benchmark in computing, I found something about the standard body which 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. That is Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) develops benchmark suites and also reviews and publishes submitted results from our member organizations and other benchmark licensees.

You might thing why I am posting about the SREC in here. But it is very important to know the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation and there about functions when we study about the benchmark in computing. So I willing to write about the SREC in here. Following are the details that i gathered about the SPEC. The earlier System Performance Evaluation Cooperative, now named the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC), was founded in 1988 by a small number of workstation vendors who realized that the marketplace was in desperate need of realistic, standardized performance tests. The key realization was that an ounce of honest data was worth more than a pound of marketing hype.

SPEC has grown to become one of the more successful performance standardization bodies with more than 60 member companies. SPEC publishes several hundred different performance results each quarter spanning a variety of system performance disciplines.

SPEC is a non-profit corporation whose membership is open to any company or organization that is willing to support their goals. Originally just a bunch people from workstation vendors devising CPU metrics, SPEC has evolved into an umbrella organization encompassing three diverse groups.

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