I Knew You'd Dig That Old Post Up
Thanks, as always, for reminding me that the internet never forgets, and neither do you!
After re-reading that old chestnut of a post, I still agree with many of the points I made back then.
Although I'm not close to the details, I do know that you have to join the SPC to have access to their benchmark code. Another of the provisions is that members can't publish results from other members products without permission, so -- given past history -- that's useful as well.
On a more pragmatic note, I am told that there are a handful of public agencies that now have it as a mandatory for RFP submission. And we both know there's no good that comes from arguing with government officials :)
I don't know if I agree with your premise that we'll be entering a phase of benchmark wars. Although, I'm sure that would be very entertaining to some ...