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    August 24, 2006

Welcome to SPEC CPU2006

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The new SPEC benchmark suite SPEC CPU2006 got released today. I've been involved in the development of the suite for the last couple of years - it's been a privilege to work with a bunch of talented people from other computer companies on this. Particular highlights were a couple of week long events (unfortunately in not-terribly-exotic places) were we spent the time enclosed in small rooms, surrounded by hot servers, figuring out why benchmark Z was giving us a hard time.

The benchmark suite is much bigger (in terms of lines of code, and required memory) than CPU2000. It contains much more C++ code, and some of this code pushes the language quite hard. So it has been very entertaining to work with such a large code base :)

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