SPECapc Releases New Pro/E 2001 Benchmark;
Maya, 64-Bit Pro/E Benchmarks In the Works
SAN ANTONIO, July 24, 2002 -- SPEC/GPC's Application
Performance Characterization (SPECapc) project group today released
new software for evaluating performance of systems running Pro/ENGINEER
2001. SPECapc for Pro/ENGINEER 2001 is available for downloading on
this web site. SPECapc also announced that it is developing a new Maya
benchmark and a 64-bit version of the Pro/E benchmark.
SPECapc for Pro/ENGINEER 2001 is a completely new benchmark developed
in conjunction with Cognitive Advantage, a Nashua, N.H., contract
software engineering and performance evaluation firm. The new
benchmark uses a complex model of a race car assembly to exercise
all areas of system performance relevant to Pro/E users. Eight
tests are run to measure performance in five categories: CPU,
I/O, wireframe graphics, shaded graphics, and file time. Scores
are compiled for individual tests, then calculated as weighted
composites for each of the five categories and as an overall composite.
SPECapc also demonstrated early development versions of Maya and
64-bit Pro/E benchmarks at a SIGGRAPH 2002 press conference. The
Maya benchmark is being developed in cooperation with Alias|Wavefront.
It will be the first to measure total system performance based
on real-world use of the application. The 64-bit benchmark, under
development by Cognitive Advantage, will be the first to measure
performance for high-end systems running large-scale Pro/E applications.
"SPECapc for Pro/ENGINEER 2001 has been built from the ground
up to reflect system performance when running the application in real-world
conditions," says George Chaltas of Intel, SPECapc's chair. "We
think this will be the most representative benchmark ever developed
for Pro/E. We are also excited about adding Maya and 64-bit Pro/E benchmarks
to our suite within the next six to nine months."
In addition to Pro/E, SPECapc's current suite includes application
benchmarks for 3ds max, SolidWorks, Solid Edge and Unigraphics. The
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