Issue: Volume: 25 Issue: 2 (Feb 2002)

News - 2/02

In Brief

Digital Anarchy (San Francisco), a developer of broadcast and visual effects software, has acquired Psunami 1.0 for After Effects from Atomic Power (Encinitas, CA). Psunami is a tool for creating photorealistic raytraced water simulations and other 3D effects that works as a plug-in for Adobe Systems' After Effects.... EDS (Plano, TX) has launched PLM Solutions, a new division that combines the former Unigraphics Solutions (UGS) and Structural Dynamics Research Corp. (SDRC). EDS announced last spring that it would acquire and merge CAD software vendors UGS and SDRC.... Ansys (Canonsburg, PA), a developer of simulation software, has entered into an agreement to buy CAD/CAE vendor Cadoe S.A. (Lyon, France).... Halliburton (Dallas), a provider of products and services to the petroleum and energy industries, has completed the acquisition of Magic Earth (Houston), a 3D visualization and interpretation technology company. The Halliburton company expects Magic Earth's real-time 3D visualization products to complement the exploration, drilling, and production technologies of Halliburton's Landmark subsidiary.


AWadvs Results
The following nine workstation and graphics card combinations received the highest scores in the AWadvs-04 (Alias|Wavefront Advanced Visualizer) subset of the SPECviewperf 6.1.2 OpenGL benchmark. The AWadvs-04 benchmark consists of 10 operations common to the Advanced Visualizer 3D animation program, including smooth, flat, and material shading of a polygonal animation model.

The mean scores represent the combined, weighted results of the 10 tests, measured in the number of frames per second the machines were able to execute. The larger the numbers, the better the performance.

To see how the same systems fared in other benchmark tests, or to review results from additional systems, visit

Top Nine Awadvs Performers

Workstation Graphics Card Price Mean
IBM M Pro 2GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat II 5110 $4028 224.77
Dell 530 2GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat II 5110 $4636 213.02
IBM M Pro 1.5GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat II 5110 $3528 195.59
IBM M Pro 2GHz Fire GL4 $3618 134.80
Compaq Evo W6000 1.7GHz Xeon Nvidia Quadro2 Pro $2969 126.21
HP x2000 1.7GHz FireGL4 $3874 124.91
Dell 340 1.5GHz Nvidia Quadro2 Pro $1767 124.89
Dell 530 2GHz ATI Fire GL2 $3297 120.41
IBM M Pro 1.5GHz Fire GL2 $2188 112.48
Companies listed are voluntary participants.
Source: SPEC/GPC benchmark results December 2001. Copyright Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.