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1. using money risked in the hope of profit; on speculation. He lives by buying and selling houses on spec. I think it might be an idea to build a few yachts on spec just now.
2. as specified; right on specifications. This has been built exactly on spec—just as you asked. It's important to make sure the design is on spec or the customer will not pay.
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on spec

if you do something on spec, you do it without being sure that you will get what you want You could always turn up at the airport on spec and see what's available on the day. I sent in an article on spec and they published it.
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on spec

Done on a speculative basis; with no assurance of profit. For example, We didn't design our house; the builder built it on spec. The use of spec as an abbreviation for speculation dates from the late 1700s.
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on spec

On a speculation basis; with no assurance of profit: houses built on spec; writes TV commercials on spec.
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The updated benchmark is available immediately from SPEC for $800 for new customers, $250 for upgrades from SPEC OMP2001, and $250 for qualified non-profit organizations and accredited educational institutions.
By going to solution viscosity testing, along with many SPC-derived process improvements, the company narrowed its flow specs by half and reduced variability within those new specs by 50% between 1986 and '89.
Open source components used by SPEC tools have been updated to the latest versions for increased compatibility.
Researchers are encouraged to bring existing work under the SPEC Research Group umbrella and to start new working groups.
SPEC results are valued by corporate and government CTOs and IT managers who rely on them as a key component in their decision-making processes for purchasing and configuring computer systems.
SPEC HPG chair and manager of applications performance engineering at Argonne National Laboratory.
SPEC seeks benchmarks that are derived from real applications, but it is not necessary for an application developer to contribute an entire commercial code base.
1 includes dozens of incremental upgrades that add up to a significant new release," says Jeff Reilly, SPEC CPU subcommittee chair.
org or contact the SPEC office by phone: 540-349-7878, fax: 540-349-5992, or email: info@spec.
The SPEC 2008 Benchmark Workshop will bring together developers and users of performance evaluation software.
SPEC, SPECapc and SPECopc are trademarks or service marks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.
today announced the publication of a draft specification, or "X/Open Snapshot" document, for the single definition of UNIX, commonly known as Spec 1170.
SPEC MPI2007 provides performance metrics that can be used to compare different hardware architectures (SMP, NUMA, clusters) and interconnects, processors, memory hierarchy, compilers, and MPI implementations.
Current SPEC member companies committed to developing a new SIP benchmarking standard include Communigate Systems, HP, Intel, IBM, and Sun Microsystems.