Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation
SPEC CPU™ 2006
The SPEC CPU™ 2006 benchmark is SPEC's next-generation, industry-standardized, CPU-intensive benchmark suite, stressing a system's processor, memory subsystem and compiler.
This benchmark suite includes the SPECint® benchmarks and the SPECfp® benchmarks. The SPECint® 2006 benchmark contains 12 different benchmark tests and the SPECfp® 2006 benchmark contains 19 different benchmark tests.
The SPEC CPU™ 2006 benchmark is available for purchase via the SPEC order form.
SPEC designed this suite to provide a comparative measure of compute-intensive performance across the widest practical range of hardware using workloads developed from real user applications. These benchmarks are provided as source code and require the user to be comfortable using compiler commands as well as other commands via a command interpreter using a console or command prompt window in order to generate executable binaries.
The SPEC CPU™ 2006 benchmark has several different ways to measure computer performance. One way is to measure how fast the computer completes a single task; this is a speed measurement. Another way is to measure how many tasks a computer can accomplish in a certain amount of time; this is called a throughput, capacity or rate measurement.
For more information about the SPECrate® and SPECspeed® metrics, see the technical documentation.
The current version of the benchmark suite is V1.2, released in September 2011.
Search across all SPEC CPU™ 2006 results in SPEC's online result database.
Benchmark Press Releases
Installation, build, and runtime issues raised by users of the benchmark software.
Flag Descriptions - explanations from the testers for what all those cryptic flags in the results' notes section really mean.