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SPECapc releases new benchmark for
Solid Edge Version 14 CAD/CAM software

WARRENTON, Va., April 28, 2004 - SPEC/GPC's Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) project group has released an updated benchmark for systems running Solid Edge Version 14 CAD/CAM software from EDS PLM Solutions. The benchmark and initial testing results from SPECapc members are available on SPEC's web site (www.spec.org/gpc).

SPECapc for Solid Edge V14 is an updated benchmark that reflects new features such as dynamic display clipping. It represents typical user operations that are valuable in evaluating systems running Solid Edge V14. The new benchmark runs on Windows 2000 and Windows XP, and includes performance tests on four typical types of models:

  • a well-head assembly with 2,546 parts and 3.8 million polygons;
  • a DVD player with 40 parts and 200,000 polygons;
  • a jet ski with seven parts and 46,000 polygons; and
  • a landing strip and airplane scenario with nearly 11,000 parts and 3.35 million polygons.

The benchmark measures three areas that EDS PLM Solutions considers equally important in evaluating performance of systems running Solid Edge:

  • graphics performance, measured by commonly used commands in three modes: smooth, wireframe and smooth-shading with textures and reflections;
  • file I/O performance, measured by opening each model, activating all entries, then closing each file while saving; and
  • CPU performance, measured by mass property calculations on the well-head and landing-strip models.

"EDS PLM Solutions has continually updated this benchmark in concert with new versions of Solid Edge," says George Chaltas, SPECapc chair. "This is the ideal way to develop and maintain an application-based benchmark: The ISV contributes the application expertise, and SPECapc implements proven methodologies that ensure appropriate graphics workloads and standardized measurement criteria, review processes, and reporting formats."

SPECapc 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.

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