Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation
SPEC MAIL2001 (RETIRED: October 2011)
08/09/2011: SPECmail2001 will be retired effective October 31, 2011. Technical support and result publication will end as of that date. Please see the retirement notice for details regarding independent result publication.
SPECmail2001 is a standardized mail server benchmark designed to measure a system's ability to act as a mail server servicing email requests, based on the Internet standard protocols SMTP and POP3. The benchmark characterizes throughput and response time of a mailserver system under test with realistic network connections, disk storage, and client workloads. The benchmark focuses on the ISP as opposed to Enterprise class of mail servers, with an overall user count in the range of approximately 10,000 to 1,000,000 users. The goal is to enable objective comparisons of mail server products.
SPECmail2009, an updated mailserver benchmark utilizing IMAP is also available.