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SPECapc Demonstrates New Benchmarks
for 3D Studio MAX, SolidDesigner, Pro/E 2000i2

NEW ORLEANS, La., July 26, 2000 - SPEC/GPC's Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) project group today demonstrated benchmarks under development for 3D Studio MAX, SolidDesigner and Pro/ENGINEER™ 2000i2 applications. SPECapc expects to adopt all three benchmarks in the near future.

3D Studio MAX is the world's leading software for 3D animation production. SPECapc for 3D Studio MAX R3 will represent the first digital content creation (DCC) benchmark in SPECapc's suite. SPECapc for SolidDesigner 2000+ is based on CoCreate's 3D modeling package; it will join SPECapc 3D solid modeling benchmarks for Pro/ENGINEER and SolidWorks™. SPECapc for Pro/ENGINEER 2000i2 will replace the current Pro/ENGINEER 2000i benchmark.

SPECapc continues to seek additional benchmarks for leading software programs in three key application areas: CAD/CAM/CAE, visualization and digital content creation (DCC). SPECapc benchmarks and updated performance results are offered for free on this site.

"We are searching for models and benchmarks available in the public domain that can be adapted as industry standards," says George Chaltas of Intel, SPECapc's chair. "We bring to the table the proven SPEC/GPC methodology, which helps ensure that the resulting benchmarks contain appropriate graphics workloads and standardized measurement criteria, review processes, and reporting formats."

SPECapc is a project group of the Graphics Performance Characterization (GPC) Group, which in turn is part of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC). SPEC is 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 high-performance computers. SPEC's membership includes computer hardware and software vendors, and leading universities and research facilities worldwide.


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