The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC®) is a non-profit corporation formed to establish, maintain and endorse standardized benchmarks and tools to evaluate performance and energy efficiency for the newest generation of computing systems. SPEC develops benchmark suites and also reviews and publishes submitted results from member organizations and other benchmark licensees. There are five groups developing benchmarks and tools under the SPEC umbrella — Open Systems Group (OSG), International Standards Group (ISG), High Performance Group (HPG), Graphics and Workstation Performance Group (GWPG) and Research Group (RG).
The Graphics and Workstation Performance Group (GWPG) develops a range of graphics and workstation benchmarks and performance reporting procedures. These benchmarks are worldwide standards for evaluating performance that reflects real-world user experiences with popular applications.
Our vision is to empower users with tools to discover their workstation’s full performance potential.
Our mission is to build robust benchmarks measuring the most relevant use cases for popular workstation applications.
The GWPG is a steering body for the following three committees, providing a forum for identifying new benchmark opportunities, coordinating activities of existing committees, and making recommendations regarding direction, priorities and schedules for group-wide activities.
The GWPG was originally formed in 1986 under the National Computer Graphics Association (NCGA). The NCGA was dedicated to developing and promoting the computer graphics industry, and held an annual conference similar to SIGGRAPH. GWPG joined SPEC in 1996, recognizing the value of creating standard benchmarks for the computer industry.