BAPCo has released WebMark2004, the latest version of their web applications based benchmark. WebMark2004 enables to compare PC performance based upon information processing and commercial transactions. The benchmark is available at the BAPCo store for $299.95 USD.
The latest version of WebMark uses a lot of popular web plug-ins and technologies: Adobe Acrobat Reader v6.0, Macromedia Flash Player v220.127.116.11, Microsoft Windows Media Player 9, Macromedia Shockwave Player v 8.5.1, DHTML,
WebMark® 2004 is a ground-up development, featuring new user driven
workloads. Usage models and scenarios are developed by experts using the
Internet in manners which reflect current and future computing trends. These
factors have enabled BAPCo to create a second generation of the WebMark
benchmark to further support Internet client testing by IT Managers, PC
OEMs, press and analysts worldwide.
WebMark 2004 represents a significant advance in ease of use for the testing
of Internet client environments. Featuring two modes of operation, official
scores can be reported in either on-line and offline mode. Offline mode
enables users to discover the Internet client performance of their PC using
content stored locally. On-line mode requires an additional server to host
test content but further empowers users to measure additional technologies
such as SSL (Secure Socket Layer) and web services.
WebMark 2004 is an Internet technology based benchmark that accurately
reflects usage patterns for business users in two Internet usage
categories - Information Processing and Commercial Transactions. Each
category represents the workload of a simulated user accomplishing a set of
Information Processing is composed of activities focused on users viewing,
researching and managing information on the Internet. Three websites -
Portal, Research and Training are created to represent common Internet sites
and activities that fall in this scenario.
Portal: Represents intranet portals that offer company news, organizational
updates and serve as a one-stop shop for employee services and intranet
applications. Research: Represents activities that companies perform as they research
customer issues or claims. Training: Represents those activities involved in the delivery of rich media
content and data visualization for online training classes.
Commercial Transactions is composed of activities involved in the commercial
exchange of goods or services. Three websites (Purchasing, Finance and
Marketplace) are created to represent common Internet sites and activities
that fall in this scenario.
Purchasing: Represents activities involved in the purchasing of goods or
service from an online retailer or merchant. Finance: Represents activities provided by financial institutions for
delivering trading services or financial information utilities such as stock
quotes. Marketplace: Represents activities provided by an online marketplace that
offers interactive tools to assist buyers and sellers in making purchasing