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2011

If you haven’t already run the SolidWorks performance benchmark test and shared the results – now is the time to do it!  The Share Your Score test is a performance test to help test your system for performance, share your score on the Share Your Score site, and compare your score with other users.  The reason this benchmark was designed was to address to answer the question ‘How fast is my computer compared to other computers?’.  This gives you tangible metrics due to the fact the tests are run in SolidWorks, in a repeatable manners across different computers.

 

The performance test pushes your computer hard and geared toward the comparison of CPU performance. The I/O is also represented well with the performance test. One area where you will not see significant differentiation is graphics. The reason for this is that the test is run without RealView on due to the fact that some systems cannot run SolidWorks with RealView on. If a system cannot run RealView, the score cannot be viewed/reported in comparison to systems that are running RealView. For this reason, RealView is turned off for all tests.

 

For more information on benchmarks, visit the Benchmarks page on solidworks.com.

 

The Test

  • From the Windows start menu navigate to: All Programs --> SolidWorks<version> --> SolidWorks Tools --> SolidWorks Performance Test and select to ‘Start Benchmark’
  • Or from the Windows start menu navigate to: All Programs --> SolidWorks<version> --> SolidWorks Tools --> SolidWorks Rx and then change to the Add-in tab in SolidWorks Rx and select to ‘Start Benchmark’
  • This tests following areas; CPU, I/O, Graphics, and RealView. Each step of the test (described below) is meant to exercise a specific area of the computer using SolidWorks.
  • Out of the box, standard settings are used to insure consistent settings are used to run the tests.
  • The general tasks for the all datasets are as follows. The areas test are listed in [] after the test step:

            - Open the file [I/O] 

            - Force a rebuild [CPU]

            - Rotate and zoom [Graphics]

            - Open drawing [I/O w/Multi-Threading]

            - Rotate and zoom [Graphics]

            - Add sheet [CPU] & [Graphics]

            - Add view [CPU] & [Graphics]

            - Render (parts only) [CPU w/Multi-Threading]

            - Rotate and zoom with RealView [RealView]

  • Results for the performance test are stored in the My Documents \ SW Log Files directory. The files start with SWPTResults1.txt and new tests have a new filename (SWPTResults2.txt, SWPTResults3.txt, …).

 

Share Your Score Site

 

The Share Your Score site lists other machines. You can filter the listing by SolidWorks version, and computer type (laptop or workstation). You also have the option at the end of the performance test to share you score with other on this site.

 

Notes:

  • You cannot have more than one test results for the same computer/SolidWorks version. The most current entry is used.
  • When you share your score, you will be asked for a name for your system. You can search for this name later, so use something you will remember. Also, note that this is the only item that is displayed that shows anything personally identifiable. All other information is generic system information like CPU type, ram size, OS, SolidWorks version, etc. For more details, see the Terms & Conditions on the Share Your score site for details.
  • The list is sorted by CPU score. You can sort by other categories by selecting the top column cell.
  • Filter the results by SolidWorks version or computer type (laptop or workstation) to so only the results that are meaningful to what you are comparing.
  • Links are also provided to the Administrator section of the SolidWorks Forums. This is a good place to share comments and questions with other users.


There also is a Compare your Score report that allows you to see how your computer stacks up against others scores. The Compare Your Score report is for Subscription Service members.

 

Conclusion


The SolidWorks Performance Test is a useful tool that helps you understand, and quantify how fast your computer will generally (in respect to CPU speed) running SolidWorks compared to other systems.

 

Acknowledgement


A special thanks to Anna Wood of Auer Precision (www.auerprecision.com) for the dataset and her feedback during the development of the performance test.

This month’s edition of SolidWorks Support News covers a few of the most common questions and issues handled by the support team over the past month, as well as recent updates to the SolidWorks Knowledge Base.

 

Top questions and issues

 

1)  SolidWorks 2012 SP0.0 Toolbox -  A hotfix been made available for SolidWorks 2012 SP0.0 Toolbox problems impacting upgrades from previous versions.

 

The following two problems have been identified which can impact some customers upgrading a previous major version's SolidWorks Toolbox installation to 2012 SP0.0.

 

  • SPR 627126 (Toolbox data upgraded on an operating system that uses commas as the decimal symbol will result in unusable Toolbox parts.). For more details regarding this problem, please refer to Knowledge Base Solution S-056855.
  • SPR 627178 (Toolbox customized part numbers and descriptions are no longer displayed after upgrading to SolidWorks 2012.) For more details regarding this problem, please refer to Knowledge Base Solution S-056856.

 

The Hotfix (HotFix_627753.exe) and instructions are attached to Knowledge Base Solution S-056921. The issue will be also corrected in 2012 SP1.0 which is currently targeted for mid-November. The SP1.0 solution will prevent the problems for customers that have not yet upgraded to 2012 and will also correct the issue for customers who have already upgraded to SP0.0.

 

2)  In SolidWorks 2012, is the Toolbox still dependent on the Access database (swbrowser.mdb) for information?

 

In SolidWorks 2012, the Toolbox no longer depends on the Access database (Please note that Hole Wizard will continue to use this Access database as its source of information). The data stored in various tables in the database such as sizes, lengths, drive types, part numbers, and properties, will now be stored in each part file. The benefits gained by storing the information in each part file include overall performance improvements when:


• Dragging the components from the task pane to the graphics area preview
• Dropping components into the graphics area to finish loading of the Property Manager
• Clicking OK to complete the insert, etc.

 

To find out more, please go to S-057065.

 

 

New Knowledge Base articles

    

1. What can cause the error "Failed to read import metadata file. Reason: Unknown exception" when trying to run the Enterprise PDM XML import tool?

 

This error can be caused by incorrectly formatted XML export file, whereby a file element has one or more in_folder attribute(s) pointing to a non existing folder_id. To find out more, please go to S-056743.

 

2. What is the intention of the Spool functionality within Routing?

 

Spools are sections of pipes or tubes and fittings that are manufactured separately and then connected during a final assembly or construction process.In SolidWorks Routing, the user can create their Route as one sub-assembly. The spool functionality can then be used to divide the route in Spools. 

 

To find out more, please go to S-056914.

 

3) Comparison of Particle Study and Tracer Study

 

The new tracer feature gives you the possibility to simulate concentration source, surface condensation or evaporation of an admixture fluid (for example, water vapor or toxic gas) in the carrier fluid (for example, air) under assumption that the presence of the admixture has negligible influence on the carrier fluid flow. This means that the concentration of the admixture is relatively low. In many cases,  development of gas in liquid or liquid in gas in fact disturbs the main flow and thus cannot be applied.

The existing Particle study allows you to display trajectories of physical particles and obtain various information about their behavior, including the effects of particles accumulation as the result of particles interaction with walls. These particles are spherical particles of specified material (liquid or solid) and constant mass.

Tracer study applies in priority to track gas in a carrier gas for ventilation application (is the toxic gas properly evacuated from the labs?), or liquid in another liquid.

Particle study applies in priority to follow spherical particles (such as dust) in a carrier fluid (to evaluate accumulation or erosion for instance).

 

To find out more, please go to S-056980.

 

4) Breakdown of Life Cycle Assessment in SolidWorks Sustainability

 

The life cycle of products is broken down in eleven steps as shown in the image in the Solution. You will find also an explanation of how each steps is reflected in SolidWorks Sustainability.  To find out more, please go to S-056975.

 

Thanks for reading this month’s SolidWorks Support Monthly FAQ. If you need additional help with these issues or any others, please contact your SolidWorks Value Added Reseller. You can also visit the SolidWorks website to learn more about SolidWorks Subscription Service.

In case you did not notice it, the top level navigation on the SolidWorks Forums has changed. It is the 1st step in a "one-site" experience for solidworks.com, the SolidWorks Customer Portal, and the SolidWorks Forums.

 

Our intent is to provide easier navigation between the solidworks.com web site, support and community areas. As we made the additional updates, we will post these changes here are well.