What Is SPEC?
SPEC, the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation,
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" (quoted from SPEC's bylaws). The founders
of this organization believe that the user community will
benefit greatly from an objective series of applications-oriented
tests, which can serve as common reference points and be
considered during the evaluation process. While no one benchmark
can fully characterize overall system performance, the results
of a variety of realistic benchmarks can give valuable insight
into expected real performance.
SPEC is a non-profit corporation registered in California.
SPEC basically performs two functions:
SPEC develops suites of benchmarks intended to measure
computer performance. These suites are packaged with source
code and tools and are extensively tested for portability
before release. They are available to the public for a fee
covering development and administrative costs. By license
agreement, SPEC members and customers agree to run and report
results as specified in each benchmark suite's documentation.
SPEC publishes news and benchmark results in The SPEC Newsletter
and The GPC Quarterly. Both are available electronically
through http://www.spec.org/ (and available in paper as
a quarterly publication if necessary) this provides a centralized
source of information for SPEC benchmark results.
SPEC95 refers to the total SPEC95 product provided by SPEC.
SPEC95 is composed of two suites of benchmarks:
CINT95: a set of eight compute-intensive integer/non-floating
point benchmarks SPEC
CFP95: a set of 10 compute-intensive floating point
These are intended to provide a measure of compute-intensive
performance of the processor, memory hierarchy and compiler
components (the 'C' in CINT95 and CFP95) of a computer system
for comparison purposes.
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