SPEC forms group to enhance data centre performance standards

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The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) have announced the formation of the International Standards Group (ISG) to collaborate with international stakeholders to develop and enhance standardised server, client and data centre benchmarks related to energy use and sustainability.

The flagship benchmark within ISG is SERT (server efficiency rating tool), a metric that runs a standard Java application on servers to determine their efficiency, measured in performance per Watt.

“We created ISG to allow industry representatives with an interest in shaping international energy use and sustainability standards to collaborate with the critical agencies and organisations around the world,” said Lange. “Our involvement will help these groups better understand the technical aspects of fair and reliable benchmarking, while also bringing valuable insights back to our benchmark development groups. We welcome other organizations, government agencies and vendors to join ISG to shape these standards, which will foster stronger global markets, help agencies meet their sustainability goals, and enable vendors to create more efficient products for their customers.”

As a group dedicated to focusing on international standards, ISG is designed to consolidate interaction and increase collaboration with agencies and industry groups around the world, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the European CommissionISO/IEC JTC 1, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and the China National Institute of Standardization, as well as independent industry groups such as The Green Grid.

“We are very pleased and encouraged that SPEC has created a new group focused on benchmarking standards for regulations and efficiency programs around the world,” said David Reiner, chair of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC39. “High-quality, vendor-agnostic measurement tools, such as SPEC’s benchmarks, pair perfectly with SC39’s international standards for Sustainability, IT and data centres to provide our planet with turn-key solutions vital to global energy conservation and the future of computing. Together, ISG and SC39 will make it easier for countries to accelerate the adoption of critical standards, better measure their progress toward their energy and sustainability goals, and ease regulatory compliance through international standardisation.”

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