The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC), well known for its computer system benchmarks, is planning to extend its testing methodology to measure cloud deployments as well.
The company has formed a new working group to develop metrics for measuring cloud computing. The group will be a subgroup of the Open Systems Group (OSG), and will include participants from companies such as AMD, Dell, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Red Hat and VMware. Long-time SPEC benchmark developer Yun Chao will help the effort, as well members from the SPEC Research Cloud group.
With cloud computing “you don’t just have a single-sized computer most of the time. You are allowed to vary to your needs,” said Rema Hariharan, chair of OSGCloud. As result, new metrics are needed to quantify operational concepts that mainly apply in cloud computing.
As with other SPEC benchmarks, vendors of cloud software and services could use the benchmarks to measure and publicize their own offerings, the group hopes.
While existing SPEC benchmarks measure many aspects of operations that take place in the cloud such as sever throughput, response time and power consumption, the new benchmarks would specify those unique attributes of the cloud,
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