SPECgpc Project Group Overview
The Graphics Performance Characterization (SPECgpcSM)
organization began in 1993 as SPECopc (OpenGL Performance Characterization), an ad-hoc project group aimed at
establishing graphics performance benchmarks for systems running
under the OpenGL application programming interface (API). The
group joined the SPEC in the summer of 1994. In 2007, the group expanded its charter to include graphics performance benchmarks running under any API.
The non-profit SPECgpc project is providing unambiguous methods
for comparing graphics performance across
vendor platforms, operating systems, and windowing environments. The intention of the SPECgpc group is to characterize
graphics performance for computer systems running professional applications,
not overall graphics performance.
The SPECgpc group has established the following goals to define
- To permit standardized performance measurement and
evaluation by creating unambiguous, vendor-neutral measures
for product evaluation and comparison.
- To provide mechanisms that enable vendors, customers and
others to perform their own performance measurements and evaluations.
- To provide formal beta and final software releases to the
public in a timely fashion..
- To contribute to the coherence of the field of performance
measurement and evaluation so that vendors will be better able
to present well-defined measures, and customers will be better
able to compare and evaluate vendors' products and environments.
The SPECgpc project group develops and distributes SPECviewperf®,
which measures the 3D graphics performance of systems running
under OpenGL, DX and eventually other application programming interfaces (APIs).
Structure and Membership
The SPECgpc project group is a non-profit group whose
general costs are paid primarily by membership fees or dues. Any company,
individual, institution or other group can become a sustaining
member at any point in the development phase by remitting these
dues. The project group will put in place and maintain
an appeals process through which any interested or affected party
may register and have heard a complaint concerning committee action
or inaction. The principles of due process and antitrust compliance
are adhered to by the project group at all times.
Find out more about the benefits
of SPECgpc membership, how you can take advantage of the project
group's review and publication
process, or how to help
develop a SPECgpc benchmark. For specific queries, e-mail