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The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) CPU2006 benchmark is an industry-standard benchmark that is designed to compare the performance of servers. This benchmark can be run cross-platform, so it is possible to compare systems with different architectures running the same workload, such as Intel Xeon, AMD Opteron, Intel Itanium, IBM Power7, and SPARC. SPEC CPU2006 results are widely available for hundreds of different processor and platform combinations. The benchmark is so common because it is a simplistic benchmark that does not require significant investment or time to run. The workloads do not require extremely large amounts of memory, and since there is essentially no disk or network I/O, little effort is required to build the infrastructure for the benchmark.
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