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The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) is a non-profit consortium that establishes, maintains and endorses standardized benchmarks and tools to evaluate performance for the newest generation of computing systems. SPEC develops benchmark suites and also reviews and publishes submitted results from our member organizations and other benchmark licensees.

What's New:

November 9, 2023: SPEC announced the availability of the SPECaccel 2023 benchmark suite, a major update to the SPEC ACCEL v1.4 benchmark, that measures the performance of key system components using computationally intensive parallel applications running under the OpenACC and OpenMP target offloading APIs.

October 30, 2023: SPEC announced that EEMBC, the 25-year-old Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, has become SPEC's new Embedded Group (SPEC EG). EEMBC is known for developing industry-standard benchmarks for measuring the performance and energy efficiency of embedded processor hardware and software used in autonomous driving, mobile imaging, the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile devices, and more. The addition of EEMBC broadens SPEC’s portfolio with more than 15 highly regarded benchmarks for embedded computers and enables both organizations to share workloads and infrastructure costs to allow for more investment in research and development.

July 25, 2023: SPECapc has released the SPECapc for Creo 9 benchmark. The updated benchmark offers performance measurement for computing systems running PTC Creo 9. Creo is a popular 3D CAD solution that includes support for generative design, real-time simulation, advanced manufacturing, industrial IoT and augmented reality.

June 26 2023: This year's ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering marked an exciting return to an in-person conference, and nearly 150 attendees enjoyed three keynote speeches, 28 research presentations, seven data challenge presentations, a range of workshops and more.

June 26, 2023: SPEC HPG Search program - SPEC is seeking to encourage those outside of SPEC to assist us in locating applications that could be used in the next SPEC high performance computing benchmark suite. For more details, go here.

June 26, 2023: RG News - Nominations for the SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award are now open to dissertations that have been defended between October 2021 and September 2023. A thesis can be nominated only once, which means that a 2022 thesis nominated in 2023 cannot be nominated again in 2024. Questions about the application process can be e-mailed to:

February 9, 2023: The 14th International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE) will be held April 15-19, 2023 in Coimbra, Portugal.

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