A new group working on standardized benchmarks based on graphics-intensive applications has joined the Graphics Performance Characterization (GPC) Group. Initial members of the Application Performance Characterization (APC) project group include Compaq, Digital Equipment Corp., Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Intergraph, Real 3D, Silicon Graphics and Sun Microsystems.
The APC project group was formed to address what its members think is a benchmarking void: Although there are a few ad hoc application-level benchmarks that focus on graphics and visualization, there has been no standardization to date, and a wider range of industry benchmarks are needed. According to its project proposal to the GPC Group, APC project group members believe that end users of these applications "would benefit significantly from the creation and standardization of a broad-ranging set of such benchmarks."
The APC group is assessing applications in areas such as mechanical CAD/CAM/CAE, data visualization, visual simulation, industrial design, animation, architecture and games. Applications will be selected based on their graphical content and their importance within their market segments. The group is working with user groups, publications, application developers, and others who have already developed general-purpose application benchmarks.
"We’re not out to supplant existing application benchmarks," says Paul Martin of Hewlett-Packard, interim chair of the APC project group. "We want to work cooperatively with those who have developed previous benchmarks. We want to make certain, however, that the resulting benchmarks contain appropriate graphics workloads and standardized measurement criteria, review processes, and reporting formats."
The APC project group is part of the GPC Group, which operates under the non-profit Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC). Questions regarding membership and application benchmarking can be addressed to the APC project group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more detailed information on the APC, go to the APC FAQ document.