SPEC Group issues updated workstation benchmark

Now virtual workstations can be tested the same as physical workstations.

SPEC logoThe SPEC Graphics Performance Characterization Group (SPECgpc) has released a new version of its SPECview­perf benchmark that extends performance measurement from physical to virtualized worksta­tion configurations.

The new benchmark mea­sures the 3D graphics perfor­mance of systems running under the OpenGL and Direct X ap­plication programming interfac­es. The benchmark’s workloads, called viewsets, represent graph­ics content and behavior extract­ed from actual applications.

The ability to measure graph­ics performance for virtualized workstations comes at a time when the market is in its early growing stages. Jon Peddie Research (publisher of this news site) pre­dicts virtualization will grow rapidly in the next few years, especially for computer-aided design (CAD), digital content creation (DCC), medical, and en­ergy. The benchmark supports various hypervisors for creating and running virtual machines. Viewsets within the benchmark cover applications.

The latest version of the benchmark also includes GUI improvements and new auto­mation for results reporting. Reports generated by the SPECview­perf 12.0.2 benchmark enumerate all available GPUs visible to the operat­ing system, including virtual devices and configurations with multiple GPUs installed, and the reports document various memory types with greater ac­curacy.

The SPECviewperf 12.0.2 bench­mark runs under the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 7 SP1. Re­sults in V12.0.2 remain comparable to those from V12.0.1, as viewsets are unchanged.

The SPECviewperf 12.0.2 bench­mark is available for immediate down­load under a two-tiered pricing struc­ture: free for non-commercial users and $2,500 for commercial entities. Com­mercial entities are defined as organi­zations using the benchmark for the purpose of marketing, developing, test­ing, and consulting for and/or selling computers, computer services, graphics devices, drivers or other systems in the computer marketplace.