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The benchmarks in the SPEChpc2002 V1.0 suite are derived from real HPC applications and application practices, and measure the overall performance of high-end computer systems, including the computer's processors (CPUs), the interconnection system (shared or distributed memory), the compilers, the MPI and/or OpenMP parallel library implementation, and the input/output system.

HPC2002 has been retired - Effective June 20, 2007, SPEC is no longer accepting HPC2002 results for publication on the SPEC web site. Sales of the software were discontinued in February 2007, and technical support is no longer provided.

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The HPC2002 Benchmarks

The benchmarks which make up the HPC2002 suite are:

  • SPEC CHEM2002, which is based on a quantum chemistry application called GAMESS and has performance metrics SPECchemM2002 and SPECchemS2002.

  • SPEC ENV2002, which is based on a weather research and forecasting model called WRF. It has two metrics of performance, SPECenvM2002 and SPECenvS2002, one for each dataset size.

  • SPEC SEIS2002, which represents an industrial application that performs time and depth migrations used to locate gas and oil deposits and has performance metrics SPECseisM2002 and SPECseisS2002.

Each of the three benchmarks has both Small and Medium workloads available.

HPC2002 Features:

  • Code is selected from full HPC applications
  • Parallelism supported: serial, OpenMP, MPI, or combined MPI-OpenMP
  • Architectures supported: shared memory, distributed memory, clusters
  • IO and communication included in the benchmarks
  • Run rules tailored to HPC application environments
  • Implemented under SPEC tools for building applications, running with different data sets, verifying results and measuring runtime.


Submitted Results
Text, HTML, PDF, PostScript file outputs for the SPEC HPC2002 metrics; includes all of the results submitted to SPEC from the SPEC member companies and other licensees of the benchmark.

Flag and Source Disclosures
Explanations from the testers elaborating on any cryptic flags in the results' notes sections, and any source code modifications provided for peak performance results.

Approved Alternate Source Codes
Some of the results submitted to SPEC and published on use alternate benchmark source code and/or third-party alternate software approved by SPEC. Licensees of the HPC benchmark suite may obtain the alternate source codes by sending an email request to


SPEC HPC2002 Benchmark Press Release
Benchmark announcement day press release materials:

SPEC HPC2002 Benchmark Documentation
SPEC HPC2002 support and technical documents

Issues Building/Running SPEC HPC2002
Installation, build, and runtime issues raised by users of SPEC HPC2002

Order Your Own Copy of SPEC HPC2002.
The online order form to purchase this and any other SPEC/HPG benchmark.