Picture-Level Benchmark Project Retires
The Picture-Level Benchmark (PLB) Project Group has voted unanimously
to disband and to retire its namesake benchmark. The action was taken
based on declining interest in the benchmark, as vendors moved toward
API-level benchmarks such as Viewperf and GLperf, and application-level
benchmarks such as those developed by SPEC/GPC's Application Performance
Characterization (APC) project group. The PLB was last updated in 1993.
The PLB was the first effort to address the ambiguities in measuring
graphics performance. The Picture-Level Benchmarking Group was formed
in 1986, with original members Digital Equipment Corp., Hewlett-Packard,
IBM and Sun Microsystems. At its peak in 1994, the group had eight members
and regularly reported performance results in the GPC Quarterly Report
for more than 100 different system configurations.
Since the PLB is still used in some environments, the benchmark remains
available for free downloading. Information on the benchmark and the
standard files that run on it, as well as archived PLB results, will
continue to be available through this page.