Issue: Volume: 25 Issue: 3 (March 2002)

News - 3/02

Bricsnet (Gent, Belgium), a provider of integrated software technology and services to real estate organizations, today announced a management buyout of its CAD software, Bricsnet Architecturals and Bricsnet IntelliCAD. The management buyout is led by Erik de Keyser, founder and former CEO of Bricsnet and was made possible by Brussels-based venture capital fund Privast Capital Partners. De Keyser will operate the CAD business under the name Brics|Cad....NXN Software (Los Angeles), a supplier of digital production management systems for animation and new media industries, has entered into an agreement with Electronic Arts (Los Angeles) whereby EA will use NXN's alienbrain software to manage its game development projects worldwide....LightWork Design (Sheffield, UK), a supplier of software for rendering and simulation, has announced the spin-off of its NavisWorks Division into a separate, independent company, NavisWorks Ltd. NavisWorks will focus on developing markets for communication, visualization, and navigation of 3D designs in the architectural, engineering, and construction industries.

Best DesignReview Performers
The Wildcat II 5110 graphics accelerator, paired with both a Dell and an IBM M Pro system, earned the highest scores out of nine workstation and graphics card combinations tested with the DesignReview (DRV-07) subset of the SPECviewperf 6.1.2 benchmark. DesignReview is a program developed to review plant design models consisting of piping, equipment, and various structural elements. The DRV-07 benchmark comprises five tests that represent the most common operations performed by Design Review.

The mean scores represent the combined, weighted results of the 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 workstations fared in other benchmark tests, or to review results from additional systems, visit

Top Nine Design Review Performers
Workstation Graphics Card Price Mean Score
Dell 530 2.2GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat II 5110 $4968 38.33
IBM M Pro 2GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat II 5110 $4028 37.97
IBM M Pro 2GHz Fire GL4 $3618 31.24
IBM M Pro 1.5GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat II 5110 $3528 30.22
Dell 340 2.2GHz ATI Fire GL2 $2816 28.60
Compaq Evo W6000 1.7GHz Xeon ATI FireGL2 $3219 27.26
Fujitsu Siemens Celsius 460 Celsius GL2 $4750 26.28
IBM M Pro 1.5GHz Fire GL2 $2188 25.59
Compaq Evo W6000 1.7GHz Xeon Nvidia Quadro2 Pro $2969 21.04
Companies listed are voluntary participants.
Source: SPEC/GPC benchmark results January 2002. Copyright Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.