SC20 Tutorial – Using the new SPEC HPC2021 Scientific Application Benchmark Suite
November 9, 2020
2:30 – 6:30 PM (ET)

Deadline to Apply: October 30, 2020

The High Performance Group (HPG) of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) develops benchmark methodologies for high-performance computing systems. The group also releases production quality benchmark suites like SPEC OMP2012, SPEC ACCEL and the newly released SPEC HPC2020, that can evaluate all dimensions of parallelism. These benchmarks are used in academia and industry to conduct research in HPC systems, facilitate procurement, testing and tuning of HPC systems. In order to make the benchmarks more accessible, SPEC HPG offers them free of charge to non-commercial users.

In this half-day tutorial, participants will learn how to leverage SPEC benchmarks for performance evaluation, tuning of system parameters, comparison of systems (e.g., for procurement), results interpretation and publication and its power measurement capabilities. The presenters will provide demos and hands-on guidance focusing on the newly released SPEC HPC2021 benchmark. An SSH-capable device is required for hands-on.

Registration for the hands-on component is required and must be submitted no later than October 30, 2020.


  • Laptop/desktop with ssh client (to log in to remote system)
  • Basic familiarity with UNIX/Linux (e.g., to navigate the file system)
  • Familiarity with a command line text editor (e.g., vim, emacs, nano)

If you would like to participate, please register below before the deadline. Once registered, you will receive information on how to request an account for Ascent.

If you have any questions, please contact Verónica G. Melesse Vergara (


Registration for the hands-on component of the tutorial is now closed.

Updated presentations for each session will be added before the event.

Time (all times EDT) Topic
02:30 – 03:00 PM Overview of SPEC HPC2021 Benchmarks
03:00 – 03:30 PM Benchmark selection and porting process
03:30 – 04:00 PM How to exploit SPEC benchmark results for decision making?
04:00 – 04:15 PM How to get and setup the SPEC HPC2021 benchmarks
04:15 – 04:45 PM Break
04:45 – 05:15 PM How to interpret and publish SPEC benchmark results
05:15 – 05:45 PM Ascent Handout for hands-on
05:45 – 06:00 PM Wrap-up and Summary