By Bob Cramblitt There’s a statement popularized by Mark Twain that describes the often-deceptive power of numbers: “There are three types of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Among people concerned with computer performance, the saying rears its head in a slightly altered form: “There are lies, damned lies, and benchmarks.” Like most wide-sweeping statements, … [Read more...] about Lies, damned lies, and benchmarks: What makes a good performance metric
The renamed performance evaluation software features new and updated workloads throughout the suite; it is free of charge to users. By Bob Cramblitt SPECworkstation 3, an all-new version of the benchmark formerly known as SPECwpc, was released on October 31. It is developed and maintained by the SPEC Workstation Performance Characterization (SPECwpc) group, which includes … [Read more...] about Inside the new SPECworkstation 3 benchmark
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
Detailed configuration information helps recreate the same performance as that documented on the SPEC website. By Bob Cramblitt A lot has been written about the movement of applications to the cloud, but if you are involved in tasks that demand outstanding GPU, CPU and/or storage performance, you likely rely on a professional-level workstation. The SPEC/GWPG group … [Read more...] about Using SPECwpc website results for 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?
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?
New design, new brand, same value. By Alex Herrera Lenovo has become an outstanding supplier of workstations, with a recent, sharpened focus on the market that makes it a serious contender for market leadership. HP and Dell dominate the space today, but despite its relatively distant third place, Lenovo has delivered an impressive growth story. The big two are now keeping … [Read more...] about Reviewing the Thinkstation P300
SPECwpc is likely to find wide use testing workstations. By Kathleen Maher There is no more contentious battlefield in the high-tech landscape than benchmarks. It was ever true for PCs and workstation and the fight has moved on to mobile, but what is everyone fighting over? Bragging rights mostly. Performance at gaming or on a particular game, supposedly, though in most … [Read more...] about New benchmark from SPEC promises to become influential
Head-to-head tests with competing units from Lenovo and Boxx show the mix of components is the differentiating factor. By Alex Herrera [Editor's Note: Full-size versions of all charts from this article are available at the GraphicSpeak Facebook page.] We’ve had a steady parade of workstations coming through our doors recently for review. They’ve come in a range of … [Read more...] about HP’s Z230: the workstation market leader’s entry-class deskside… sort of