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SPEC graphics performance group
expands scope under new charter

WARRENTON, Va., August 7, 2007 – The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.’s board of directors has approved a new charter that expands the scope of its graphics performance characterization group, formerly known as SPEC/GPC.

Under the new charter, the renamed Graphics & Workstation Performance Group (GWPG) can investigate standardized benchmarking projects in areas such as OpenGL ES, rendering, digital video and photography, power consumption, and a full range of workstation applications.

Existing project groups operating under the SPEC/GWPG charter are able to pursue a wider spectrum of benchmarking options. The OpenGL Performance Characterization (SPECopc) group, now known as SPECgpc (Graphics Performance Characterization), can go beyond OpenGL benchmarks to address other graphics APIs such as DirectX. The Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) group retains its name, but can now develop benchmarks for a broad range of workstation applications, not just those that are graphics-intensive.

“SPEC’s graphics benchmarks are among the most popular in the world, well known for objectivity, reliability and repeatability,” says Steve Donley, SPEC/GWPG chair. “Over the years, we have had requests to apply SPEC’s expertise and proven methodologies in other areas that would benefit the user and vendor communities. The new charter gives us the green light to explore these areas.”

Anyone interested in investigating new benchmarks with SPEC/GWPG is encouraged to email the organization at


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. For more information, visit:


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