by Bob Cramblitt Views of SPEC/GWPG members. Every day in their engineering jobs with leading OEMs and graphics card manufacturers, the representatives of the SPEC Graphics and Workstation Performance Group (SPEC/GWPG) assess the latest technologies designed to make their products run professional applications faster and more efficiently. In their role with … [Read more...] about A 5-year vision for workstation graphics performance
It's that time again. By Bob Cramblitt Your CAD package or 3D animation software is running slower than you think it should when confronted with heavy graphics content. Response time is lagging, slowing productivity. It might be a trivial issue if it affected only one system, but when multiple highly paid designers, engineers, or animators are being slowed down, it … [Read more...] about Using SPECviewperf website results to measure graphics system performance
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?
Users can run synthetic benchmarks without having actual application installed and still get rigorous results. By Bob Cramblitt In ancient times when I was in college, there was a faddish rash of imitation leather jackets. Some looked authentic and others looked like a baggie with a zipper and pockets. It led to the inevitable question whenever anyone sported a new jacket: … [Read more...] about Is that benchmark leather or pleather?
Benchmarks should include a variety of tests to characterize performance across a wide spectrum of applications and use cases. By Bob Cramblitt Ask enough people what makes a good professional workstation benchmark and the answers might cut a wide swath, but you should find some common ground. While not exhaustive, the list below is built to last: It's based on 30 years … [Read more...] about Authenticity is the key to good workstation performance benchmarks