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benchmark, body Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.
A non-profit corporation registered in California formed to
"establish, maintain and endorse a standardized set of
that can be applied to the newest
generation of high-performance computers" (from SPEC's
bylaws). The founders 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
SPEC develops suites of benchmark
s intended to measure
computer performance. These are available to the public for a
fee covering development and administration costs.
The current (14 Nov 94) SPEC benchmark suites are: CINT92
(CPU intensive integer benchmarks); CFP92
floating-point benchmarks); SDM (UNIX Software Development
Workloads); SFS (System level file server (NFS) workload).
SPEC also publishes a quarterly report of SPEC news and
results, The SPEC Newsletter. Some issues are here