SPECopc Announces New Viewperf Version;
Develops First Viewset Based on 3ds max
LOS ANGELES, August 15, 2001 -- SPEC/GPC's
OpenGL Performance Characterization (SPECopc) group announces
a major new version of its Viewperf performance evaluation software
and a new viewset based on 3ds max. The new benchmark and viewset
will be available for free downloads on this web site in the first
half of 2002.
SPECviewperf 7.0 has been upgraded so that general state changes can
now be made during frames, bringing the benchmark much closer to how
applications behave in the real world. Data traversal, facet color processing,
and display of lighting and textures can now be changed from frame to
The 3ds max viewset has been designed to take advantage of the new
features within SPECviewperf 7.0. The viewset's frames are based on
traces of graphics commands made while running 3ds max. As a result,
vendors and users can tune their graphics subsystems to the 3ds max
viewset and see performance improvements in the actual application.
The 3ds max viewset is the first to be based on an existing SPECapc
benchmark. Although the models might be the same, SPECviewperf and SPECapc
benchmarks serve audiences that tend to have different benchmarking
needs, according to Bill Licea-Kane of ATI, SPECopc's chair.
"SPECviewperf is easy to run, does not require that the user have
the actual application, can be run on any OpenGL platform, and exercises
the graphics subsystem component of the application," says Licea-Kane.
"SPECapc benchmarks are much closer to the overall application
behavior - measuring graphics, CPU and I/O performance. They require
that the user has the application installed and the time and skill to
run a more extensive benchmark. Actual graphics subsystem performance
within SPECapc benchmarks can sometimes be difficult to separate from
the final result."
SPECviewperf measures the 3D rendering performance of systems running
under the OpenGL application programming interface (API). Viewsets are
the test files that run under SPECviewperf. Developed for the SPECopc
group by independent software vendors (ISVs), viewsets represent the
same mix of graphics rendering and manipulation found in actual applications
or a class of applications.
SPECopc 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.
Bob Cramblitt, Erin Hatfield
Cramblitt & Company