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
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:
Microsystems) – As release manager he coordinated and
integrated development activities to keep the deliverables on
– 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.
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
– He was primary developer of the Visual Activity Monitor, giving
an unique view of the system’s activity.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.