Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation
SPEC Virtualization Committee
The SPEC Virtualization Committee is developing a new industry standard benchmark for evaluating virtualization performance for data center servers.
Over the last several years the interest in using virtualization techniques
to optimize data center efficiency has grown, particularly in the area
of server consolidation. Virtualizing a number of servers onto a single
platform can help reduce costs, save energy, and ease IT infrastructure
management. IT professionals and decision makers considering virtualization
for server consolidation will benefit from the availability of a standard
benchmark from SPEC to compare servers and different virtualization options.
The committee plans to make use of the comprehensive system-level application-based
benchmarks that SPEC offers. The workloads represented by these benchmarks
are also representative of commonly virtualized server applications.
SPEC's expertise in system level benchmarks that support a wide range
of hardware architectures and operating systems will greatly benefit
the committee's efforts to develop a standard methodology to evaluate
the performance of servers using virtualization for server consolidation.
The goals for SPEC's first virtualization benchmark include:
We are currently evaluating load levels for individual workloads, researching the effects of periodic burstiness in some workloads and have started building VM prototypes for various workloads. The group is continuing to build consensus and has agreed on an overall benchmark design. A specific release date has not been set at this early stage, as unanticipated issues may arise during the development and additional time may be needed to addresses these issues.
Once SPEC has released its first Virtualization benchmark, the committee plans to look at applying the SPECpower methodology for energy efficiency to the benchmark. The committee may also look at other data center scenarios where virtualization can be applied.
Current SPEC member companies committed to developing an industry standard virtualization benchmark include AMD, Dell, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Parallels, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, Trigence, Unisys, and VMware.
SPEC welcomes organizations to join and participate in our work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.