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SPEC/GWPG adds VMware as new member

Newest member brings greater virtualization expertise to SPEC
graphics and workstation performance characterization group

GAINESVILLE, Va., April 22, 2015 – The SPEC Graphics and Workstation Performance Group (SPEC/GWPG) announced today that VMware, a leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, has joined as a new member. The company is also a member of the SPEC Open Systems Group and the SPEC Research Group.

"This is another indication of the expanding breadth of our professional-level graphics and workstation benchmarks," says Paul Besl, SPEC/GWPG chair. "The SPECviewperf 12.0.2 benchmark, released in late February, and the soon-to-be-released SPECwpc 1.2 benchmark both feature virtualization support. We can envision virtualization becoming a part of our application performance characterization (SPECapc) benchmarks as well. We welcome VMware's expert contributions to SPEC/GWPG."

“We look forward to joining the efforts of SPEC/GWPG, as we help our customers transform their desktops with a high-performance experience designed to provide the benefits of virtualization and indistinguishable from a physical workstation," said Pat Lee, senior director, product management, End-User Computing, VMware.

In addition to technical benefits, SPEC/GWPG membership delivers marketing value, according to Besl:

"Unbiased results from SPEC/GWPG benchmarks add credibility to performance claims in marketing and PR programs and deliver widespread visibility when published on the SPEC website."

VMware joins SPEC/GWPG members AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Micron and NVIDIA. More information on the benefits of SPEC/GWPG membership can be found on the organization's website.


The SPEC Graphics and Workstation Performance Group (SPEC/GWPG) is the worldwide leader in standardized performance evaluation for professional graphics and workstation applications. More than 16,000 SPEC/GWPG benchmarks were downloaded in 2014. For more information, visit 


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