SPECopc releases SPECviewperf 10
WARRENTON, Va., May 30, 2007 – SPEC’s OpenGL Performance Characterization (SPECopc) project group has released SPECviewperf 10, a new version of its benchmarking software that adds performance measurement for full-scene anti-aliasing and multithreading.
SPECviewperf 10 is available initially for Windows XP and Vista, with versions for Linux and Mac OS expected in upcoming months.
Major new features in SPECviewperf 10 focus on performance evaluation in areas that are of increasing interest to the workstation market: higher-quality imaging and multi-core systems. SPECviewperf now provides the ability to compare performance of systems running in higher-quality graphics modes that use full-scene anti-aliasing. It also measures how effectively graphics subsystems scale when running multithreaded graphics content.
“We’re addressing two of the performance issues that are on the minds of many graphics users, developers and vendors,” says Ian Williams, SPECopc chair: “The costs, performance-wise, for generating higher-quality images, and how the graphics subsystem handles multithreaded content within popular CAD, digital content creation, and visualization applications.”
SPECopc has also made architectural improvements to the software, the most significant of which is separating the Viewperf benchmark from its viewsets. This move should enable smaller downloads and more frequent updates of Viewperf functionality and viewset content in the future.
More information, initial performance testing results, and free downloads are available on the SPEC web site: www.spec.org/gpc. SPECviewperf 10 and its accompanying viewsets can also be purchased on CD at the website for $50.
SPECviewperf measures the 3D graphics performance of systems running under the OpenGL application programming interface. The benchmark’s test files, called viewsets, are developed by tracing graphics content from actual applications. Current viewsets represent graphics functionality in 3ds max, CATIA, EnSight, Maya, Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks, UGS NX, and UGS Teamcenter Visualization Mockup.
The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (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. For more information, visit: www.spec.org.
Bob Cramblitt, Cramblitt & Company
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