Distributed by the SPEC benchmarking organisation, who also produce tests such as SPECWeb and others, it is a free utility for testing the performance of a system, and generating a set of weighted means based on that performance.
This utility runs under most unix variants that are capable of providing an X11-compatible display, including Linux, which is the subject of this HOWTO.
SPECViewperf7.0.tar.gz is 296441146 bytes long, and has an md5sum of ba62d749277c60a2c8d46e706940df50.
I didn't have any luck with the precompiled binaries (rhlinux.tgz), so I compiled it myself. it appears to need a complete set of OpenGL headers and libraries (including libGLU), and a few other standard system libraries. A compiler, linker (gcc suite), libc developement libaries and headers, libpng libraries/headers, stdc++ libraries and X11 headers/libraries are also necessary.
Enter the SPECViewperf7.0 directory, and then the src directory.
A filename is incorrectly in uppercase here, so first run: mv VP_OBJS.UNX.FUNC_CALLS Vp_objs.unx.func_calls
Then a simple make -f makefile.linux will compile the viewperf utility. This is the biggest utility to compile, it will take a few minutes.
Copy the resulting viewperf binary to SPECViewperf7.0/viewperf, and then enter the SPECViewperf7.0/src/vpost directory.
Execute gcc -o vpost vpost.c -lm, then copy the resulting vpost binary to SPECViewperf7.0/vpost.
Finally, enter the SPECViewperf7.0/src/pngxor directory, and edit the file Makefile.linux file. find the line reading CC = icc -c and change that from icc to gcc. alternatively (but untested), you can try the intel compiler suite but benchmark results may vary. This author used gcc.
Save the file, and run make -f Makefile.linux, and copy the resulting binary to SPECViewperf7.0/pngxor.
You are now ready to perform the benchmark.
The benchmarks also require the c shell (/bin/csh) and perl 5 to complete.
Go into the SPECViewperf7.0/ directory, and execute ./runall.csh. Barring any problems (look for error messages about missing vpost or pngxor, in case you missed those parts), you will be presented with some results, which are also stored in the SPECViewperf7.0/sum_results directory, in a file called runallsummary.txt eg:
Run All Summary Mon Nov 4 22:00:45 EST 2002 Linux mycrondo 2.4.19-xfs #1 Fri Aug 23 14:15:34 EST 2002 i686 unknown /usr/local/archives/svp/SPECViewperf7.0 3dsmax-01 Weighted Geometric Mean = 3.714 drv-08 Weighted Geometric Mean = 12.24 dx-07 Weighted Geometric Mean = 13.91 light-05 Weighted Geometric Mean = 2.848 proe-01 Weighted Geometric Mean = 2.380 ugs-01 Weighted Geometric Mean = 1.615
If you have any extra questions, feel free to ask around on #icculus.org, irc.freenode.net, where i hang out occasionally.