Recognition

 Each year, SPEC recognizes members for their outstanding contributions.

2021 SPECtacular Award Winner for Outstanding Service

Allen Jensen, SPECapc

Keeping up with the rapid pace of application development requires timely updates to benchmarks. Soon after the release of the SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2019 benchmark in October 2019, Allen Jensen started porting the improvements to the next version to take advantage of a new graphics pipeline in SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2020. Throughout 2020, he maintained a build schedule for committee members and enhanced SPEC’s relationship with a key customer, obtaining additional beta testing, which improved the quality of the benchmark. When SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2020 was released in October 2020, Allen went right to work on SOLIDWORKS 2021, released in March 2021.

2021 SPECtacular Award Winner for Technical Leadership

Anshu Arya, SPECwpc

Anshu Arya has had a very positive impact on the SPECworkstation benchmark since the very first day he began working on the SPECwpc Committee in the fall of 2018. He has championed updating a large number of the CPU workloads to appropriately test modern multi-core CPUs, which has significantly improved SPECworkstation by keeping it relevant for the latest industry advances. In one instance, Anshu suggested, researched, and implemented a new patch to better measure performance of CPUs with more than 64 threads. This work was so impactful that it was recently highlighted in an article published by TechGage.

2021 Contributor Award Winner for Technical Leadership​

Brian Bothwell, SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2020

Keeping up with the rapid pace of application development requires timely updates to benchmarks. Soon after the release of the SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2019 benchmark in October 2019, Allen Jensen started porting the improvements to the next version to take advantage of a new graphics pipeline in SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2020. Throughout 2020, he maintained a build schedule for committee members and enhanced SPEC’s relationship with a key customer, obtaining additional beta testing, which improved the quality of the benchmark. When SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2020 was released in October 2020, Allen went right to work on SOLIDWORKS 2021, released in March 2021.

2021 Contributor Award Winner for Dedication

Trey Morton, SPEC Graphics & Workstation Performance Group

While testing and validation are vital to a benchmark development process, continued testing and validation after the benchmark has been released is also essential for ensuring robust benchmarking. Trey Morton has consistently gone above and beyond in his dedication to ensuring that benchmarks cover the full spectrum of professional workstations, that they deliver consistent results across all platforms, and that the benchmark documentation is as free as possible from ambiguities that could cause user frustration. Trey not only performed this important testing on one benchmark, but on every new SPEC/GWPG benchmark released in 2020, requiring dozens of test platforms.

2021 Contributor Award for Technical Leadership

SPECviewperf 2020 Team Award

SPECviewperf 2020 is the latest release in one of SPEC’s most successful series of benchmarks that date back to the early 1990s. The hard-working engineers who developed this version added a number of significant new innovations and important updates. These include a new framework with independent 2K- and 4K-resolution traces for several applications, debugging and fixing trace issues involving differences in vendor implementations of the OpenGL standard, automation scripts for creating repeatable visualizations for tracing viewsets, and a new third-party trace tool option for creating viewsets. Congratulations to the entire SPECviewperf 2020 team!
Not photographed: Marcus Steyer and Jonathan Konieczny

Allen Jensen
Jessica Heerboth
Kevin Lefebvre
Howard Stroyan

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