SPEC award, mail server benchmark

At SPEC's 2009 annual meeting, awards were given for SPECtacular contributions. When your competitors and partners alike join to honor one of your own it indicates that person has truly excelled. There are 77 member organizations in SPEC including hardware vendors, software vendors, universities, government agencies, and more. We are joined by a common belief that the industry as a whole is well served by a common base of reliable and representative measures of computer system performance and energy. Thereby our companies benefit from more effective test results at lower cost. And for academia, the SPEC benchmarks provide a common reference point from which to begin performance and energy related studies.

It takes a lot of hard work to produce these benefits. Each year the individuals who are recognized by their peers as having done the most to advance SPEC's mission are singled out for awards. And now I have the pleasure of thanking these exceptional people publicly. I won't list everyone since some people don't want their names posted; but you know who you are.

I'll start today by thanking Michael Abbott of Apple who carried the brunt of the new profile and code changes to the SPECmail2009 benchmark, and contributed invaluable insight and analysis on message characteristics to improve the representativeness of the benchmark. SPECmail2009 simulates corporate mail server workloads ranging from 250 to 10,000 or more users, using industry standard SMTP, IMAP4, SSL v3.0, and TLS 1.0 protocols. Folder and message MIME structures accomodate traditional office documents and a variety of rich media content.

The SPECtacular award winners like Michael are making a positive difference in the industry, and so I say thank you! (More award winners coming...)

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I am a software engineer in San Diego, president of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (spec.org), formerly a mathematician and a violist.

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