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SPEC* MPI2007 is SPEC's benchmark suite for evaluating MPI-parallel, floating point, compute intensive performance across a wide range of cluster and SMP hardware.

SPEC MPI2007 focuses on performance of compute intensive applications using the message-passing interface (MPI), which means these benchmarks emphasize the performance of the type of computer processor (CPU), the number of computer processors, the MPI Library, the communication interconnect, the memory architecture, the compilers, and the shared file system.

It is important to remember the contribution of all these components. SPEC MPI performance intentionally depends on more than just the processor. MPI2007 is not intended to stress other computer components such as the operating system, graphics, or the I/O system.

The MPI2007 medium benchmarks (code + workload) have been designed to fit within about 1 GB of physical memory per rank. The minimum officially supported memory size is 16 GB. This means that an 8-rank run could require more than 1 GB per rank.

The MPI2007 large benchmarks (code + workload) have been designed to fit within about 2 GB of physical memory per rank. The minimum officially supported rank count is 64, implying a minimum limit of 128 GB of memory.

SPEC and the benchmark name SPECmpi are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.

Best two-socket publications as of September 10, 2013.


Configuration Details

  Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2690-based Platform Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2697 v2-based Platform


Huawei Tecal RH2288 V2*

SGI Rackable CH-C2112-4RP4*

Number of processors



Number of cores / threads

8/16 per processor

12/24 per processor

Processor speed

2.9 GHz

2.7 GHz

Processor third-level cache

20 MB

30 MB

Platform manufacturer



System memory

64 GB

128 GB

Operating system

Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 6.2

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2*

MPI ranks 16 24




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Product and Performance Information


1. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information, go to www.intel.com/performance.

2. Intel does not control or audit the design or implementation of third party benchmarks or websites referenced in this document. Intel encourages all of its customers to visit the referenced websites or others where similar performance benchmarks are reported and confirm whether the referenced benchmarks are accurate and reflect performance of systems available for purchase.

3. Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology: See the Processor Spec Finder at http://ark.intel.com or contact your Intel representative for more information.

4. Requires a system with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology. Intel Turbo Boost Technology and Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 are only available on select Intel® processors. Consult your PC manufacturer. Performance varies depending on hardware, software, and system configuration. For more information, visit www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/turbo-boost/turbo-boost-technology.html.

5. Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) requires a computer system with a processor supporting Intel HT Technology and an Intel HT Technology-enabled chipset, BIOS, and operating system. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. For more information including details on which processors support Intel HT Technology, visit www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/hyper-threading/hyper-threading-technology.html.

6. Intel processor numbers are not a measure of performance. Processor numbers differentiate features within each processor family, not across different processor families. See www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/processors/processor-numbers.html for details.