“Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC), an organization behind industry’s widely used CPU benchmark, said Wednesday that it would develop a special benchmark that measures performance per watt ratio of server-class computers. The initiative is similar to what Advanced Micro Devices and Sun Microsystems have proposed several weeks earlier. ‘Balancing performance with power consumption has emerged as a major issue for datacenter managers, computer manufacturers, government, and the industry at large,’ said Larry Gray of HP, chairman of the newly formed SPEC Power-Performance committee,” Anton Shilov reports for X-bit labs.
“The initial product from the SPEC power-performance committee will address small- to medium-sized computer server platforms. Actual methods and metrics have not been defined, though SPEC will use its current benchmarks – considered worldwide standards – as the basis for generating loads typical of day-to-day server use,” Shilov reports. “The first SPEC energy and performance benchmark is scheduled for release in Q1 2007. SPEC expects that a wide range of computer server manufacturers, systems integrators, and resellers will run the benchmark and report results.”
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