SPECapc demos SolidWorks 2005 benchmark;
reveals plans for Maya, Unigraphics, 3ds max
LOS ANGELES, Calif., August 11, 2004 - SPEC/GPC's Application
Performance Characterization (SPECapc) project group demonstrated
an upcoming SolidWorks 2005 benchmark and outlined its plans for
updated Maya 6, Unigraphics NX2, and 3ds max 6 benchmarks. The
announcements took place at a press conference during the SIGGRAPH
2004 conference and exposition.
As with the SPECapc for SolidWorks 2003 benchmark, the new version
is being developed jointly by SolidWorks and SPECapc. It will
represent the patterns of a typical SolidWorks user working on
real-world models. Performance will be measured for graphics,
CPU and I/O functionality.
SPECapc announced that it will be working over the next several
months to provide new versions of its performance evaluation software
for systems running Maya 6 and Unigraphics NX2. The group also
plans to augment the current 3ds max 6 benchmark, introduced in
June, with more scenes and animated environments. Earlier this
year, SPECapc released an updated benchmark for Solid Edge Version
14 CAD/CAM software.
"We have had great cooperation from CAD/CAM and digital
content creation ISVs," says George Chaltas, SPECapc chair.
"This has enabled us to bring new benchmarks to market quickly
and to continually update existing benchmarks."
In addition to SolidWorks, Maya, Unigraphics, 3ds max and Solid
Edge, SPECapc's current suite includes an application benchmark
for Pro/ENGINEER that the group expects to update in the near
future. The SPECapc group continues to seek additional benchmarks
for leading software programs in three key application areas:
CAD/CAM/CAE, visualization and digital content creation (DCC).
SPECapc is a project group of the Graphics Performance Characterization
(GPC) Group, which 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