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What's New?

I Bandwidth usage (max = 100 Mb/s in)
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Current bandwidth utilization: 0.06 [I] + 1.95 [O] = 2.01 Mb/s

    06/20/2017: SPEC announces the release of SPEC CPU2017, an all-new version of the benchmark suite for evaluating compute-intensive performance across a wide range of hardware systems. CPU2017 contains 43 individual benchmarks organized into four suites. Among the new features are the option to use OpenMP for several of the SPECspeed 2017 benchmarks and the ability to optionally measure and report power statistics. OSG members can download the ISO starting immediately.

    06/08/2017: The 9th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE 2018) has issued a call for contributions. Topics of interest include: performance modeling of software; performance and software development processes/paradigms; performance measurement, monitoring and analysis; benchmarking; run-time performance management; power and performance, energy efficiency; performance modeling and evaluation in different environments and application domains; and other topics related to performance of software and systems. ICPE2018 will take place April 9-13, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

    06/05/2017: SPECpower has released a new version of PTDaemon, the software that allows power measurement devices to be incorporated into performance evaluation software. PTDaemon 1.8.1 includes new support for Windows USBTMC using Keysight drivers and the Hioki PW3335 (single channel) power measurement device. Users of SPECpower_ssj2008 and the SERT suite are encouraged to download and apply the update.

    05/23/2017: SPEC's Research Group has issued a call for nominations 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 2016 and September 2017.

    05/22/2017: In an exclusive interview, Klaus-Dieter Lange, SPECpower chair, discusses the origin of SERT, the challenges of creating an international standard, the prospect of continued improvements in server efficiency, and his own personal growth in leading a diverse group of technologists.

    05/22/2017: SPEC's High-Performance Group (HPG) is offering rewards of up to $5,000 and a free benchmark license for application code and datasets accepted under its new SPEC MPI Accelerator Benchmark Search Program. Applications that make it through the entire search program will be incorporated into a new benchmark currently called SPEC MPI ACCEL. The new benchmark will combine components of the current SPEC MPI and SPEC ACCEL benchmark suites. (Note: The search program is not open to any employees or contractors of any SPEC participating organizations and their immediate families.)

    04/18/2017: Version 2.0 of the Chauffeur Workload Development Kit (WDK) has been released. This major release is based on the SERT 2.0 infrastructure and includes significant enhancements to the hardware detection, customization options of generating HTML reports, and developer documentation. It has now reduced memory requirements for the Director when signing results files and reduced the size of the result output for large systems or clusters. There is also an updated list of supported operating systems including Ubuntu (14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS) as well as current versions of Windows Server, RHEL, SLES, AIX, and Solaris. OSG members can download the ISO here.

    04/04/2017: OSG's SFS subcommittee is now known as the Storage committee.

    04/04/2017: A patch has been released for SPECvirt_sc2013 which addresses an issue encountered when running the webserver workload with TLS encryptions which would cause any result to be marked as invalid. Any submissions using TLSv1, TLSv1.1, or TLSv1.2 encryptions for the webserver workload must use this patch.

    03/28/2017: SPEC announces the release of the Server Efficiency Rating Tool (SERT) 2.0, which adds a single-value metric, reduces runtime, improves automation and testing, and broadens device and platform support. Designed to be simple to configure and use via a comprehensive graphical user interface, the SERT suite uses a set of synthetic worklets to test discrete system components such as processors, memory and storage, providing detailed power consumption data at different load levels.

    01/03/2017: SPEC Cloud IaaS 2016 V1.1 is now available. This update includes bug fixes and usability improvements, libcloud support for easy adapter development, and OpenStack driver updates. Starting January 23, 2017, all result submissions must be made using version 1.1 and version 1.0 will be retired.

    12/09/2016: Holiday Submission/Review Schedule: SPECvirt_sc2013 results received for Dec. 14 review will not complete their review cycle until Jan. 4, 2017. Submissions received for Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 review cycles will not start review until Jan. 4 2017.

    09/21/2016: SPECvirt_sc2013 has been updated to version 1.1. This update includes added support for TLSv1, TLSv1.1 and TLSv1.2 with several new ciphers, an updated PTDaemon version, and documentation updates. OSG members can download the ISO here.

    08/24/2016: The SPEC Graphics Performance Characterization Group (SPECgpc) has released an updated version of its SPECviewperf benchmark that features a new Autodesk 3ds Max viewset, Microsoft Windows 10 support, and GUI and reporting improvements. The benchmark runs under the 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 10. Results from V12.1 remain comparable to those from V12.0.1 and V12.0.2.

    08/17/2016: The SPEC JMS 2007 benchmark will be retired on November 23, 2016. New result submissions will be accepted through November 9, 2016. After that time, no further submissions will be accepted and technical support will no longer be offered.


SPEC Members:

Acer Inc. * Action S.A. * Advanced Micro Devices * Amazon Web Services, Inc. * Apple Inc. * ARM * Avere Systems * Bull SAS * Cavium Inc. * Ciara Technologies Inc. * Cisco Systems, Inc. * Dell, Inc. * Digital Ocean * E4 Computer Engineering SPA * Fujitsu * Gartner, Inc. * Hitachi Data Systems * Hitachi Ltd. * Hewlett Packard Enterprise * HP Inc. * Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. * IBM * Inspur Corporation * Intel * Lenovo * M Computers s.r.o. * Microsoft * NEC - Japan * NetApp * New H3C Technologies Co., Ltd. * NVIDIA * Oracle * OVH SAS * Primary Data * Principled Technologies * Pure Storage * Qualcomm Technologies Inc. * Quanta Computer Inc. * Red Hat * Samsung * SAP AG * Seagate * Sugon * Super Micro Computer, Inc. * SUSE * Symantec Corporation * Taobao (China) Software Co. Ltd. * Unisys * Veritas Technologies * Via Technologies * VMware *

SPEC Associates:

Acadamia Sinica, Institute of Information Science * Argonne National Laboratory * Charles University * China Academy of Telecommunication Research * Dresden University of Technology ZIH * fortiss GmbH * Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf (HZDR) * Indiana University * JAIST * Karlsruhe Institute of Technology * Leibniz Rechenzentrum - Germany * National University of Singapore * Oak Ridge National Laboratory * Ohio State University * Pennsylvania State University * Purdue University * RWTH Aachen University * Technische Universität Darmstadt * Technische Universität Dresden * Tsinghua University * University of Aizu - Japan * University of California - Berkeley * University of Cologne * University of Delaware * University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign * University of Maryland * University of Miami * University of Texas at Austin * University of Tsukuba * University of Wuerzburg * Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University *

SPEC Research Group:

Advanced Strategic Technology LLC * ARM * bankmark UG * Barcelona Supercomputing Center * BEZNet * Charles University * Cisco Systems * Cloudera, Inc * Compilaflows * Delft University of Technology * Dell * fortiss GmbH * Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg * Goethe University Frankfurt, Big Data Lab * Hewlett Packard Enterprise * Huawei * IBM * Imperial College London * Institute for Information Industry, Taiwan * Intel * Karlsruhe Institute of Technology * Kiel University * Lund University * Microsoft * NICTA * NovaTec Consulting GmbH * Oracle * Purdue University * Queen's University * Red Hat * RWTH Aachen University * SalesForce.com * San Diego Supercomputing Center * San Francisco State University * SAP AG * SINTEF * Software Performance and Scalability Consulting * Tata Consultancy Services * Technica Corporation * Technische Universität Darmstadt * Technische Universität Dresden * The MITRE Corporation * Umea University * University of Alberta * University of Coimbra * University of Lugano * University of Minnesota * University of North Florida * University of Paderborn * University of Stuttgart * University of Texas at Austin * University of Wuerzburg * VMware * York University *

SPEC Supporting Contributors:

Richard Caneca (OSG-CPU) * Yun-seng Chao (OSG-Cloud) * Greg Darnell (OSG-Power) * Karl Huppler (OSG-Power) * Nutanix (OSG-SFS) * University of Alberta (OSG-CPU) * University of Virginia (HPG) *


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