Hierarchy of benchmarking methodologies explained. By Bob Cramblitt An article last year in Jon Peddie's Tech Watch provided an overview of SPEC/GWPG benchmarks, citing the struggle in the early days of computer graphics between application-based and synthetic benchmarks to measure performance. For the vast majority who are not in the day-to-day performance evaluation … [Read more...] about Why application-based benchmarks matter
SPECapc benchmark results are available online. By Bob Cramblitt Performance evaluation is complex. There's no silver bullet or one-size-fits-all. Performance is predicated on many factors that change from application to application, model to model, computing path to computing path, display mode to display mode. Nowhere is performance complexity more prevalent than in … [Read more...] about Using application-based benchmark results for professional workstation performance evaluation
Graphics and workstation vendors have their major interests in performance. By Bob Cramblitt "It's the fox guarding the henhouse." "Sounds like a case of collusion." "Conjures visions of a cabal of hooded individuals meeting secretively in a hotel basement." All these things have been said one time or another about benchmark committees composed primarily of … [Read more...] about Skin in the game: who are the best people to create benchmarks?
A generation of computer and workstation reviewers in the CAD industry have relied on this industry standard benchmarking software. By Bob Cramblitt If there is a review of a professional workstation or graphics card within an online or print publication, the reviewer is likely to quote results from a SPEC Graphics and Workstation Performance Group (SPEC/GWPG) … [Read more...] about Reviewers talk about SPEC/GWPG benchmarks
A complete redesign offers new models, latest graphics display modes and a fresh GUI. The non-profit group SPEC has released a new benchmark for Siemens NX, the high-end 3D CAD program popular in heavy industry and automotive. The new software from SPEC's Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) offers performance evaluation for computers running Siemens NX 9.0 … [Read more...] about SPECapc releases new benchmark for Siemens NX