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Definition: spec


(1) See specs and specification.

(2) (SPEC) (Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation, Warrenton, VA, www.specbench.org) An organization founded in 1988 to establish standard benchmarks for computers. Its first benchmark was a single CPU rating known as the "SPECmark," in which one SPECmark was equivalent in performance to a VAX 11/780. Although SPEC benchmarks continue to rate CPUs, SPEC has a variety of benchmarks to measure graphics subsystems, Java, Web servers, mail servers, application servers and file servers. Following are the SPEC names for current and retired CPU benchmarks. See SPECgpc and benchmark.

  SPEC CPU BENCHMARKS

  Current
  SPECspeed2017 Integer
  SPECspeed2017 Floating Point
  SPECrate2017 Integer
  SPECrate2017 Floating Point

  Retired
  SPEC CPU 2006: CINT2006   CFP2006
  SPEC CPU 2000: CINT2000   CFP2000
  SPEC CPU 95: SPECint95  SPECfp95