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MandelMark Benchmark

About MandelMark

The ability of a mobile processor to perform fast floating point calculations becoming critical across a broad range of compute tasks beyond just 3D graphics, including: signal and image processing, audio effects, video editing, physics and modelling.

MandelMark is an Android application that has been developed by ZiiLABS to measure the floating point performance of modern mobile processors by visualising the solutions to the Mandelbrot set using an OpenGL ES 2.0 shader program. For additional information on Mandelbrot please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandelbrot_set

MandelMark Explained

  • Two triangles are drawn on the screen and an OpenGL 2.0 shader is used to render the MandelBrot set
  • For each pixel the shader program is called to calculate the colour value of the pixel
  • The shader loops up to 255 times to calculate if the pixel is within the Mandlebrot set
  • The colour of the pixel is based on the number of loops taken to confirm it lies outside the set, or black if it lies within it
  • The shader defaults to 32-bit floating point for the rendering if available

ZMS-40 Outperforms Other Processors

The combination of the ZMS-40's compute performance, rich programmability and support for 32-bit floating point shaders result in high-quality Mandelbrot solutions being calculated and rendered at speeds up to 18 times faster than the mobile GPU's found in the latest crop of Android and Apple tablets.

MandelMark ZMS-40 vs Current Processors

Quality Comparison

If 32-bit precision is supported in the shader, as is the case on the ZiiLABS processors, then the visualisation will appear smooth. If only 16-bit precision is supported then the results can appear "blocky".

MandelMark ZMS-40 vs Current Processors

Using MandelMark to Compare ZMS-20 and ZMS-40

Running MandelMark on the ZMS processors confirms the efficiency and scalability of the StemCell media processing array. The ZMS-40 has twice the number of StemCells (96 cores) and can be seen to deliver a near linear increase in peak media performance over the previous ZMS-20 (48 cores), while to achieve the same performance as the ZMS-20 the larger array of the ZMS-40 can be run at a lower clock speed and voltage, leading to a reduction in power consumption of up to 50 percent.


MandelMark ZMS-40 performance comparison

Download the MandelMark .apk

MandelMark is available "as-is" for anyone who would like to try it. MandelMark is tested on ZiiLABS platforms running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above. To see how MandelMark should look when running visit: MandelMark on YouTube

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Notes to Testing

The testing was done in-house at ZiiLABS during April 2012 using the latest devices and firmware available, including; The New iPAD (FW:5.1), Samsung Galaxy Nexus (FW:4.04), Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus (FW:V3.2) and ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime (FW:4.0.3)

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