Bob Cramblitt

Skin deep won’t cut it: graphics benchmarks require real-world working models

Models, models, everywhere, but few suitable for a good benchmark. That statement pretty much sums up the conundrum faced by the SPEC Graphics and Workstation Performance Group (SPEC/GWPG), the international benchmarking organization. Do a search for 3D models and all kinds of options, free and paid, crop up. But very few of these models are representative of work done in … Read more

A 5-year vision for workstation graphics performance

  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 SPEC/GWPG, they take that knowledge and develop benchmarks that test real-world performance in ways that … Read more

PC versus workstation: The differences matter

There's a line of reasoning that goes like this: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it's probably a duck. The assumption is that something can be identified by its characteristics and unique behavior. But, as we all know, looks and behavior can be deceiving. Such is the case with a … Read more

Inside the new SPECworkstation 3 benchmark

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 AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Lenovo, and NVIDIA. Users can download the benchmark free of charge from the SPEC website. Five years in the making The first version … Read more

SPECviewperf 13 benchmark for measuring graphics performance

The SPEC Graphics Performance Characterization (SPECgpc) subcommittee recently released SPECviewperf 13, a major revision of its software for measuring the graphics performance of workstations running professional applications. SPECviewperf 13 includes new volume visualization viewsets for energy (oil and gas) and medical applications, a redesigned GUI, improved scoring and reporting methods, support for 4K-resolution displays, and updated viewsets for Maya and … Read more