SPEC awards, power performance

More 2009
SPECtacular awards. The SPECpower committee has been busy. They
released version 1.10 of
the SPECpower_ssj2008
benchmark as a no-cost upgrade to existing
licensees. It adds support for measurement of multi-node (blade)
servers, improves usability, and adds a graphical display of power
data during benchmark execution. Review and publication of benchmark
results continues apace, with a spirited competition for first place,
and with ever more power
analyzers
accepted for testing, and more test labs qualified for
independent publication. They have also been assisting several other
benchmark committees inside SPEC, and other industry
standard benchmark organizations, to implement energy measurement for
their benchmarks. SPECpower is more than just a benchmark; it is a
methodology,
and the methodology is modified and expanded as necessary over time
to accommodate energy measurements for all the different workloads
which are relevant to the real world in those market segments. In
alphabetical order SPEC recognizes:

  • Chris
    Boire
    (Sun
    Microsystems
    ) – As release manager he coordinated and
    integrated development activities to keep the deliverables on
    schedule.

  • David
    Schmidt
    (HP)
    – He created stand-alone and network integrated tools for
    automated results checking to help insure that results submissions
    are correct and complete.

  • Greg Darnell (Dell)
    – Author of the PTDaemon, he helped many other groups get started
    measuring power for their benchmarks. He helps out with whatever
    needs to be done, technical or organizational.

  • Hansfried
    Block
    (Fujitsu
    Technology Solutions)
    – He automated the process of determining
    power analyzer precision, handled the acceptance of several new
    power analyzers, and was instrumental in getting multi-channel
    analyzers accepted.

  • Harry
    Li
    (Intel)
    – He was primary developer of the Visual Activity Monitor, giving
    an unique view of the system’s activity.

  • Jeremy
    Arnold
    (IBM)
    – If I tried to recount all the accomplishments Jeremy was cited
    for I’d probably run into some internal blog size limit. Suffice it
    to say he is a primary developer on many parts of the code, who
    never turns down a plea for help, and who is never satisfied until
    the entire benchmark package is right.

  • Karl
    Huppler
    (IBM)
    – As primary author/editor of the Power and Performance
    Methodology, he organized the document to capture deep technical
    consensus in the committee, and made it readable and understandable
    for people new to the field.

  • Matthew
    Galloway
    (HP)
    – He designed the control software to drive multiple JVMs,
    enabling multi node (blade) testing.

  • An engineer (AMD)
    – Who created and maintained much of the web content explaining
    the benchmark and methodology to the public.

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2 Responses to SPEC awards, power performance

  1. Rema Hariharan says:

    Walter,
    Does the engineer from AMD wish to remain anonymous? Just wondering why this person was just being called "an engineer"?
    – Rema

  2. Walter Bays says:

    The AMD engineer hasn’t said that it’s okay to post his/her name. Most likely it’s not from any great concern about privacy but simply because in the press of work to do, he hasn’t gotten around to replying. Sometimes I get permission after I post anonymous thanks and then I revise the posting to include the name.

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