SPECapc Releases New SolidWorks Benchmark
WARRENTON, Va., July 2, 2003 - SPEC/GPC's Application
Performance Characterization (SPECapc) project group has released
updated performance evaluation software for systems running SolidWorks
2003 CAD/CAM software. Initial benchmark testing results and free
downloads are available on
this web site.
SPECapc for SolidWorks 2003 reflects new functionality found
in the popular solid modeling package. Models have been made more
complex, with added lights and soft shadows included in SolidWorks
2003. The benchmark also provides more accurate testing of the
application's dynamic rotation mode.
SPECapc for SolidWorks 2003 was developed jointly by SolidWorks
Corp. and SPECapc. It represents the working patterns of a typical
SolidWorks user on real-world models. The benchmark contains graphics,
CPU and I/O tests run on five models - a tire, an engine crankcase,
two types of engines, and a car assembly with 60,000 triangles
and 504,000 lines.
"Since developing SPECapc for SolidWorks 99, we've had a
good working relationship with SolidWorks in creating performance
evaluation software that reflects what users experience in the
real world," says George Chaltas, SPECapc's chair. "The
combination of application and benchmarking expertise helps ensure
realistic, repeatable benchmarks for vendors and users."
SPECapc continues to seek additional benchmarks for leading software
programs in three key application areas: CAD/CAM/CAE, visualization
and digital content creation (DCC). SPECapc benchmarks and updated
performance results are offered for free on the GPC News web site.
SPECapc is a project group of the Graphics Performance Characterization
(GPC) Group, which in turn is part of the Standard Performance
Evaluation Corp. (SPEC). SPEC is a non-profit corporation formed
to establish, maintain and endorse a standardized set of relevant
benchmarks that can be applied to the newest generation of high-performance
computers. SPEC's membership includes computer hardware and software
vendors, and leading universities and research facilities worldwide.
Bob Cramblitt, Erin Hatfield
Cramblitt & Company