SPEC/GPC Releases New Benchmark
for Systems Running Maya 5 Software
SAN DIEGO, July 30, 2003 - SPEC/GPC's Application Performance
Characterization (SPECapc) project group today released the first
benchmark to measure total system performance based on real-world
use of Maya® 3D animation and effects software. Free downloads
of the benchmark and initial performance results
are available on this web site.
SPECapc for Maya 5 was developed by Alias in cooperation with
SPECapc. It includes four scenarios created in Maya 5 that enable
users to evaluate scene drawing and playback performance, CPU-intensive
operations, and standard I/O performance.
Each of the four models - a werewolf, human hand, insect and squid
- are rendered and displayed in the five different modes used
in Maya 5: wireframe, Gouraud-shaded, texture, texture highlighted
with a wireframe mesh, and texture selected (texture with wireframe
mesh and control points). The benchmark is unique in its ability
to test performance for large texture sizes and multiple viewports.
"We are pleased to work with SPECapc to provide a service
to the Maya user community," says Rob Hoffmann, senior Maya
manager at Alias. "Animators worldwide now have a standardized
tool for realistically evaluating performance for the many different
hardware systems that run Maya 5."
SPECapc for Maya 5 joins standardized SPECapc benchmarks for
3ds max, Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks, Solid Edge and Unigraphics
applications. The non-profit SPECapc group works with independent
software vendors to develop benchmarks based on popular digital
content creation (DCC), CAD/CAM and visualization applications.
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, leading universities, and research facilities worldwide.
Maya is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics,
Inc., exclusively used by Alias Systems, a division of Silicon
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