The Making of a Standard Benchmark for Open System Storage

Wednesday, March 7, 2001 - 17:30
TH 331
Bruce McNutt IBM

The Storage Performance Council (SPC) is a non-profit organization founded to define, standardize and promote storage system benchmarks. Its goals are to disseminate objective, verifiable performance data and to serve as a catalyst for performance improvement in storage systems. A draft SPC-1 benchmark specification is currently available for public review. This presentation summarizes the SPC-1 benchmark design, by describing the key choices made during its development.


Bruce McNutt is a senior scientist/engineer working in the Storage Systems Group of International Business Machines Corporation. He has specialized in disk storage performance since joining IBM in 1983. Among the many papers which he has presented to the annual conference of the Computer Measurement Group, as an active participant for more than fifteen years, are two that received CMG ``best paper'' awards. Last year, Mr. McNutt published a book focusing on two threads which have run through his work: the hierarchical reuse model of data reference, first introduced in 1991, and the multiple -workload approach to cache planning, first introduced in 1987. Mr. McNutt received his B.S. degree in mathematics from Stanford University, and his master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.