Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation
SPEC HPG Releases New Benchmark Suite Based on High-Performance Computing Applications, MPI & OpenMP
WARRENTON, Va., January 9, 2003 - The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.'s High-Performance Group (SPEC HPG, http://www.spec.org/hpg/) announces SPEC HPC2002, a new benchmark suite based on high-performance computing (HPC) applications and the MPI and OpenMP standards for parallel processing.
SPEC HPC2002 is targeted at those who evaluate performance for HPC systems, including users, system vendors, software vendors, and researchers. It uses a set of actual applications to measure the performance of the computing system's processors, memory architecture, operating system, parallel libraries, and compilers.
"The real-world applications in SPEC HPC2002 provide the best industry-standard way to measure capability and scalability of HPC systems,"says Kaivalya Dixit, SPEC president. "MPI and OpenMP extend the standardized SPEC approach to encompass accurate multiplatform performance measurement for parallel processing."
SPEC HPC2002 improves upon and replaces the SPEC HPC96 benchmark suite. The new benchmarks include full applications and message-passing protocols that complement the recently released SPEC OMP benchmark suites.
The SPEC HPC2002 suite comprises three benchmarks, each with a small- and medium-sized data set:
SPEC HPC2002 metrics represent the number of successive benchmark runs that can be completed in a 24-hour period on a system being tested. Results can be compared for different parallel architectures, shared-memory or distributed-memory (cluster). This allows users to compare performance based on full applications across a range of modern high-performance architectures.
"SPEC HPC2002 answers the need for standardized benchmarks based on HPC applications from industry and research using the MPI and OpenMP standards," says Wesley Jones, SPEC HPG chair. "SPEC's run and reporting rules, run tools, and established review processes help maintain accurate, repeatable and consistent benchmark results."
SPEC HPC2002 is available immediately from SPEC for $3,000, with a discount price of $750 for universities and other non-profit organizations. More information on SPEC HPC2002 is available on the SPEC web site at http://www.spec.org/hpc2002/ or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.