FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SiSoftware Sandra 2016 Released:
Brand-new benchmarks, OpenGL CS, RTM Windows 10 and future Server 2016* support
Superseded By: Sandra Platinum (2017)
London, UK, November 16th 2015 – We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2016, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks.
We have expanded our portfolio with brand-new CPU and GPGPU Image Processing benchmarks (testing common filters) that support all modern instruction sets (AVX512, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2) as well as GPGPU interfaces (CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX 10/11 ComputeShader). Since Compute is now supported in the very latest versions of OpenGL (4.3+) we have also ported the GPGPU benchmarks to this new interface.
With the public release of Windows 10 RTM we have transitioned to the brand-new tools in order to use the very latest technologies, including future DirectX 12 (both shader and compute).
As SiSoftware operates a “just-in-time” release cycle, some features were introduced in Sandra 2015 service packs: in Sandra 2015 they have been updated and enhanced based on all the feedback received.
Here is an in-depth new feature list of Sandra 2016:
Broad Operating System Support
- New Benchmark Module: GPGPU Image Processing (common filters: blur, sharpen, sobel, median/de-noise, oil painting, diffuse/random, marbling/perlin noise) supporting all modern interfaces (CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX ComputeShader)
- New Benchmark Module: CPU Image Processing (common filters: blur, sharpen, sobel, median/de-noise, oil painting, diffuse, marbling) supporting all modern vectorised SIMD instruction sets (AVX512*, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2)
- New OpenGL Compute Support: Ported GPGPU benchmarks to OpenGL (4.3+) Compute Shader (Fractals, Crypto, Image Processing)
- New GPU Precision: FP16/half-float precision benchmarks (Financial, Scientific)
- New CPU Test: 64-bit Integer Dhrystone measuring 64-bit integer workload performance.
- New .Net vector Support: Native vector to SIMD (AVX512*, FMA/AVX, SSE2, etc.) conversion in the latest 4.6 CLR (RyuJIT).
- New Transcode Test: HEVC/H.265 media transcode test, brand-new high-bitrate master AVC1 media file 1080p and UHD/4K (commercial versions) for UHD/4K, 3K, 1440p transcoding benchmarking.
- Updated Benchmark: Updated Overall Score (2016) by adding new benchmarks to the index.
- New Operating System Support: Full support for Windows 10 RTM, 8.1, 8, 7 as well as Server 2016*, 2012/R2, 2008/R2.
- New Hardware Support: Modern and future hardware support.
CPU, GPGPU Image Processing
Image/photo manipulation is an increasing common task with GPGPUs increasingly used to accelerate filter processing in popular programs (e.g. Photoshop). This brand-new benchmark set tests the performance of various filters:
- Blur: 3×3 Convolution Filter
- Sharpen: 5×5 Convolution Filter
- Motion Blur: 7×7 Convolution Filter
- Edge Detection: Horizontal + Vertical 5×5 Sobel Filter
- De-Noise: 5×5 Median Filter
- Oil Painting: Quantise (9×9) Filter [SP1]
- Diffusion: Randomise / XorShift (256) Filter [SP1]
- Marbling: Simplex Noise 2D Perlin (3O) Filter [SP1a]
CPU, GPGPU Image Processing
Image/photo manipulation is greatly accelerated through vectorised SIMD instruction sets (AVX512, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2) operating on multiple pixels at the same time, but also increasingly accelerated by GPGPUs in modern programs (e.g. Photoshop). This brand-new benchmark set supports all GPGPU interfaces as well as SIMD instruction sets:
- GPGPU: CUDA (7.5), OpenCL (2.0, 1.2), DirectX Compute Shader (11/10), OpenGL Compute Shader (4.3+) [future DirectX 12 support]
- CPU: AVX512*, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2 instruction sets
Updated Overall Score 2016 benchmark for complete system performance evaluation
While each benchmark measures the performance of a specific device (CPU, Memory, (GP)GPU, Storage, etc.), there is a real need for a benchmark to evaluate the overall computer performance: this new benchmark is a weighted average of the individual scores of the existing benchmarks:
- Native CPU Arithmetic, Cryptographic, Multi-Media (SIMD), Financial and Scientific: measures native processing performance using the very latest instruction sets (AVX512*, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2)
- .Net/Java Arithmetic: measures software virtual machine performance (e.g. for .Net WPF/Silverlight/Modern applications)
- Memory and Cache Bandwidth and Latency: measures memory and caches performance
- File System/Storage Bandwidth and I/O: measures storage performance
- GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogonous Compute) (GPU/APU) Arithmetic, Cryptographic, Financial, Scientific: measures (GP)GPU/APU processing performance
- GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogonous Compute) (GPU/APU) Memory Bandwidth and Latency: measures (GP)GPU/APU memory performance
Key features of Sandra 2016
- 4 native architectures support (x86, x64 – Windows; ARM, ARM64, x86, x64 – Android)
- Huge official hardware support through technology partners (AMD/ATI, nVidia, Intel).
- 4 native (GP)GPU/APU platforms support (OpenCL 1.1+, CUDA 7.5+, DirectX Compute Shader 11+, OpenGL Compute 4.3+).
- 4 native Graphics platforms support (DirectX 12.x, DirectX 11.x, DirectX 10.x, OpenGL 3.0+).
- 9 language versions (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional, Simplified), Russian) in a single installer.
- Enhanced Sandra Lite (Eval) version (free for personal/educational use, evaluation for other uses)
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