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SPECapc Releases New SolidWorks Benchmark

WARRENTON, Va., December 8, 2004 – SPEC/GPC’s Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) project group has released updated performance evaluation software for systems running SolidWorks 2005 CAD/CAM software. Initial benchmark testing results and free downloads are available on the SPEC/GPC web site (www.spec.org/gpc).

SPECapc for SolidWorks 2005 was developed jointly by SolidWorks Corp. and SPECapc. It represents models and working patterns that are typical of a SolidWorks user. 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.

“We thank SolidWorks for continuing to provide SPECapc with workloads and models that reflect the functionality exercised by users day in and day out,” says George Chaltas, SPECapc’s chair. “The combination of SolidWorks’ application knowledge and SPEC’s benchmarking expertise helps ensure a realistic, repeatable benchmark for vendors and users.”

SPECapc continues to seek workloads, models and benchmarks for leading software programs in three key application areas: CAD/CAM/CAE, visualization and digital content creation (DCC).

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 that establishes, maintains and endorses 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.

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