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Defining, administering, and promoting industry-standard, vendor-neutral benchmarks to characterize the performance of storage products.

Benchmark Results

How can you consistently compare storage products based on performance and price-performance?

SPC benchmark results provide that information for a wide range of storage products. Each SPC Result has been both audited and peer reviewed for compliance to ensure consistency.

An Executive Summary and Full Disclosure Report (FDR) for each SPC benchmark result is available for download and review. SPC membership is not required for access to those documents.

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Specifications

SPC Benchmark 1™,
SPC Benchmark 1/Energy

  Extension
Specification

The new version, v1.14, of the SPC Benchmark 1 (SPC-1) specification is available in the Specifications section. This version includes the SPC-1/E energy extension requirements. This version will become the active version of the specification on May 12, 2013.

SPC Benchmark 2™,
SPC Benchmark 2/Energy
  Extension
Specification
The new version, v1.5, of the SPC Benchmark 2 (SPC-2) specification is available in the Specifications section. This version includes teh SPC-2/E energy extension reqjirements.  This version will become the active version of the specification on May 12, 2013.

SPC Benchmark 1C™,
SPC Benchmark 1C/Energy

  Extension
Specification

The new version, v1.5, of the SPC Benchmark 1C (SPC-1C) specification is available in the Specifications section. This version includes the SPC-1C/E energy extension requirements. This version will become the active version of the specification on May 12, 2013.

SPC Benchmark 2C™,
SPC Benchmark 2C/Energy

   Extension Specification
The new version, v1.4, of the SPC Benchmark 2C (SPC-2C) specification is available in the Specifications section. This version includes the SPC-2C/E energy extension requirements. This version will become the active version of the specification on May 12, 2013.

 

Welcome to the Storage Performance Council (SPC), powered by KAVI.

The SPC is a vendor-neutral, industry standards body focused on the storage industry, serving as a catalyst for performance improvement in storage products.  In support of that goal, the SPC has developed a complete portfolio of industry-standard storage benchmarks, providing a rigorous, audited and reliable means to produce comparative storage performance, price-performance and energy-use data. 

The comprehensive SPC benchmark portfolio utilizes I/O workloads that represent "real world" application behavior to address both OLTP (online transation processing) and sequential applications to provide a means of performance evaluation that range from individual storage components to complex, distributed storage configurations.

 

SPC Membership and Participation

The Member Roster will display the company logos or names of all active SPC member companies. If your company is a member of the SPC and you are planning to participate in SPC activities, you may enroll and obtain a website username and password for access to the Member Workspace section of the website.  If you have already enrolled but cannot remember your password, you can reset your password.

If your company is not a member, but interested in SPC membership, please review the About SPC page for additional information about the organization.  If your company would like to join the SPC, you may apply for membership online.

 

SPC "Top Ten" Results

The current "Top Ten" SPC-1 and SPC-2 Results are now available. Two new pages, listed below, include both a table for the "Top Ten" by performance and a separate table for the "Top Ten" by price-performance. The pages also include access to both the Executive Summary and Full Disclosure Report (FDR) for each listed result.

 

SPC Results Pages Reorganized

SPC-1 (SPC-1/E) and SPC-2 (SPC-2/E) Results each appear on two pages, one page for Active results and one page for Inactive results. SPC-1C (SPC-1C/E) and SPC-2C (SPC-2C/E) (component benchmarks) each appear on single page with both Active and Inactive results on the single page.

The following pages provide access to SPC Results, including both the Executive Summary and Full Disclosure Report (FDR) for each SPC Result:

  • SPC Benchmarks Results Overview: This page contains links to the SPC Results pages listed below. In addition to those links, this page contains information to aid in comparing SPC Results as well as understanding status levels and categorization applicable to each SPC Result.
  • Active SPC-1 and SPC-1/E Results: This page contains a table with links to the Full Disclosure Report (FDR) and Executive Summary for each Active SPC-1 and SPC-1/E Result.
  • Inactive SPC-1 and SPC-1/E Results:  This page contains a table with links to the Full Disclosure Report (FDR) and Executive Summary for each Inactive SPC-1 and SPC-1/E Result.
  • Active SPC-2 and SPC-2/E Results: This page contains a table with links to the Full Disclosure Report (FDR) and Executive Summary for each Active SPC-2 and SPC-2/E Result.
  • Inactive SPC-2 and SPC-2/E Results: This page contains a table with links to the Full Disclosure Report (FDR) and Executive Summary for each Inactive SPC-2 and SPC-2/E Result.

In addition, each SPC Result is now categorized, based on the type of storage devices used in the Tested Storage Configuration (TSC), as follows:

  • HDD:  All of the storage devices consist of hard disk drives (spinning media).
  • SSD:  All of the storage devices consist of solid state devices (SSDs).
  • Hybrid:  Each individual storage device consists of both HDD and SSD storage capacity.
  • A TSC configured with storage devices in more than one category will list each category.  For example, a TSC configured with both hard disk drives and solid state devices will be listed as HDD+SSD.

The appropriate cateogory designation or combination of category designations will appear in the web page entry for each SPC Result.

 

Kaminario Holds Both SPC-1 and SPC-2 Performance Records

Kaminario, Inc. is the most recent SPC member company to simultaneously hold both SPC-1 and SPC-2 performance records.  On October 17, 2013, Kaminario submited an SPC-1 Result with world record performance of 1,239,898.00 SPC-1 IOPSTM.  Five weeks later on November 20, 2013, Kaminario submitted an SPC-2 Result with world record performance of 33,477.03 SPC-2 MBPSTM, giving the company world record performance simultaneously for both SPC-1 and SPC-2 as of that date,

The same Tested Storage Configuration (TSC) was used for each result.  The TSC was configured identically with regards to both physical components and logical devices used for both the SPC-1 and SPC-2 benchmark execution.

A Kaminario press release for each benchmark is available for viewing/download in the Press Room.

UPDATE:  It was previously stated that Kaminario was the first SPC member company to to simultaneously hold both the SPC-1 and SPC-2 performance records.  That statement was in error.  IBM was the first SPC member company to simultaneously hold both the SPC-1 and SPC-2 performance records.

 

SPC Presentation at Huawei Cloud Congress 2013   

Walter E. Baker, SPC administrator, participated at the September 2-3, 2013 Huawei Cloud Congress (HCC2013) with two presentations.  The first presentation, "SPC Benchmarks:  An Aid to Evaluate Storage Products" was part of the Enterprise Storage track and his second presentation, "Storage Performance, Price-Performance and Power:  The Three Keys to Success" was part of the Performance track.

Both sessions were well attended and presentations well received with significant interest in the SPC and storage performance registered in the presentations' evaluations.  Both presentations are available in the Press Room section of the website.