SPEC/GWPG Announces Benchmark Line-Up

Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:00pm EDT

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Expected This Fall and Winter: a Wide Range of Releases, from
Power Consumption, to SPECviewperf 10.1, to New Application Benchmarks
LOS ANGELES--(Business Wire)--
SPEC's Graphics and Workstation Performance Group (SPEC/GWPG)
announced a wide range of upcoming benchmarks at the SIGGRAPH 2008
conference in Los Angeles.

   The new offerings will include a power-performance benchmark for
workstations, a new version of SPECviewperf, and new and updated
application benchmarks. All are slated for release before spring of
next year.

   "Under our expanded charter announced last year, we are branching
out in new directions such as power consumption, while continuing to
move ahead with our graphics and workstation application benchmarks,"
says George Chaltas, SPEC/GWPG chair. "The overriding objective is to
apply SPEC's expertise and proven methodologies in areas that provide
the most value to users, vendors and testing labs worldwide."

   Workstation power consumption

   Since the beginning of the year, a SPEC/GWPG subcommittee has been
working on an industry-standard benchmark that measures power
consumption in relation to performance for professional workstations.
An initial benchmark is being submitted to the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) for possible use in its V5.0 requirements for
workstation ENERGY STAR qualification. A public release of a SPEC/GWPG
power benchmark will follow.

   The SPEC/GWPG power benchmark will incorporate workloads from the
popular SPECviewperf benchmark for 3D graphics, as well as CPU
workloads in areas such as rendering, computational fluid dynamics,
scientific computing, and video encoding. Workloads will have the
common attributes of scalability, open source, and portability across
all major workstation platforms.

   New in SPECviewperf 10.1

   Version 10.1 of SPECviewperf, developed by SPEC's graphics
performance characterization (SPECgpc) working group, is expected
before the end of the year. It will feature new functionality and a
major update of viewsets, the testing data sets that are based on
traces of graphical content in real applications.

   On the functionality side, SPECviewperf 10.1 will have the ability
to measure performance for applications incorporating vertex buffer
objects (VBOs) and the latest OpenGL (GL2) shaders.

   Updates are being made to more than half of the viewsets,
including those based on traces of 3ds Max, Catia, EnSight, Maya and
Siemens PLM NX. Changes range from new traces that add GL2 and VBO
functionality to test files, to completely new models that provide a
greater challenge to the latest graphics systems.

   New application benchmarks

   SPEC/GWPG's Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc)
project group has a wide range of new and updated benchmarks planned
for fall and winter release. The list includes performance evaluation
software for workstations running Siemens PLM NX5, 3ds Max 2009, Maya
2009, and Lightwave 3D.

   SPECapc also provides benchmarks for Pro/ENGINEER, Solid Edge and
SolidWorks.

   About SPEC/GWPG

   SPEC/GWPG is an umbrella organization for approved project groups
that develop standardized methods of measuring graphics and
workstation performance for different hardware platforms. It is a
committee of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC), a
non-profit corporation formed to establish, maintain and endorse a
standardized set of relevant benchmarks that can be applied to the
newest generation of computers.

   SPEC/GWPG members include AMD, Apple, Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens,
Hewlett-Packard, Intel, NVIDIA and Sun. For more information, visit:
www.spec.org/gwpg.

   SPEC, SPECapc and SPECgpc are trademarks or service marks of the
Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. All other trademarks,
registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective
holders.

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