SPEC Introduces MPI Supercomputer Benchmark

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The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation last week announced a new benchmark that gauges the performance of parallel computer clusters that make use of the popular Message Passing Interface (MPI) protocols that lash the machines together so they can cooperate to do computational jobs.
The SPEC MPI2007 test was created with the assistance of Argonne National Lab in the United States and the University of Dresden in Germany as well as with support from Advanced Micro Devices, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, QLogic, and Sun Microsystems. The test comes in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, and runs on Linux, Unix, and Windows servers. The current mid-sized dataset for the MPI2007 benchmark works on clusters with up to 512 processors, and SPEC is working to make a larger dataset to test more monstrous clusters.

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