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SPEC seeks MPI applications for
benchmark suite under development

WARRENTON, Va., August 29, 2005 – The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.'s High-Performance Group (SPEC/HPG) is seeking Message Passing Interface (MPI) applications for a new computer benchmarking suite scheduled for release in 2006.

Submitters whose applications are chosen will influence future designs of computer hardware and software using MPI. They will receive a free MPI benchmark license and recognition on the SPEC web site and in media materials.

The MPI benchmark will provide performance metrics that can be used to compare different hardware architectures (SMP, NUMA, clusters) and interconnects, processors, memory hierarchy, compilers, and MPI implementations.

MPI applications from any application area can be submitted, but SPEC prefers programs that are considered state-of-the-art in a given field. The application should also be portable across different hardware and software architectures.

An entry form for submissions can be found at: Submitters will also need to fill out a permission-to-use form that gives SPEC the right to distribute the program as part of a benchmark suite. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2006.

About SPEC

SPEC ( is a non-profit organization that establishes, maintains and endorses standardized benchmarks to measure the performance of the newest generation of high-performance computers.  Its membership comprises leading computer hardware and software vendors, universities, and research organizations worldwide.  For more information, contact Dianne Rice, SPEC, 6585 Merchant Place, Ste. 100, Warrenton, VA 20187, USA; phone: 540-349-7878; fax: 540-349-5992; e-mail:; web:


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