"Universities and research organisations are typically financially limited, reducing the choices they may have for obtaining high-quality tools for research that is potentially important to technology-based businesses worldwide", stated Robert Henschel, SPEC/HPG chair. "Offering SPEC/HPG benchmarks at no charge will give researchers access to better tools for their vital work in improving HPC performance and energy efficiency."
Effective immediately, three SPEC/HPG benchmarks will be available at no charge to qualified non-profit organisations:
"This is a very exciting development that will be welcomed by the HPC research and academic communities worldwide", stated Torsten Hoefler, who leads the Scalable Parallel Computing Laboratory (SPCL) at ETH Zurich and co-chairs the MPI Forum's collective operations working group. "SPEC/HPG benchmarks provide a framework that helps to ensure the rigor, reproducibility and application-based versatility that are critical to sound research efforts."
The SPEC/HPG committee plans to offer tutorials and online training that will help lower the burden of getting started within the SPEC ecosystem. Robert Henschel believes that access to these resources will widen the avenues of information exchange between SPEC/HPG and the HPC communities it serves.
"We expect to receive a lot of important input that will help us continually improve current benchmarks and develop new performance evaluation tools to meet future needs", stated Robert Henschel. "We also expect increased SPEC/HPG membership as a result of more organizations recognizing the value of our benchmarks and wanting to have greater involvement in the development process and early access to emerging benchmarks."
Current SPEC/HPG members include AMD, HPE, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, Nvidia and Oracle. SPEC/HPG Associates include Argonne National Laboratory; Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf; Indiana University; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; RWTH Aachen University; Technische Universitat Dresden, ZIH; and University of Delaware.
You can visit the SPEC website for more information on SPEC/HPG benchmarks and to access downloads .