SPEC Announces CPU2006
Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) announced the new long-anticipated performance benchmarking suite SPEC CPU2006 that will replace the old CPU2000. The new version is expected to completely replace the old one within 6 months. Performance results from SPEC CPU2006 cannot be compared to those from CPU2000, since new benchmarks have been added and existing ones changed.
CPU2006 combines a number of benchmarks for separate components and system as a whole. It works under Microsoft Windows and Unix/Linux. CPU2006 features two sets: CINT2006 (SPECint2006) and CFP2006 (SPECfp2006) dedicated to integer and floating-point performance respectively. CINT2006 gathers 12 application-based benchmarks written in C and C++, while CFP2006 features 17 CPU-intensive benchmarks written in C, C++, Fortran, and a mixture of C and Fortran.
SPEC CPU2006 benchmark compares performance of a given system with performance of a reference system which is Sun Ultra Enterprise 2 based on 296 MHz UltraSparc II CPU. All benchmark results are computed as ratios against the reference machine, so bigger scores are better. An initial set of 70 SPEC CPU2006 results based on testing from nine different SPEC member companies are available at the SPEC web site.
CPU2006 is already available on DVD for $800. For $400 you can upgrade your SPEC CPU2000. For educational organizations the suite will cost $200.
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