I'm curious to see if you all know some ways to speed up the display of results in SW Simulation. I am running 2009 SP 3.1 (Soon to be upgrading to SP 5 if that makes any difference)
I am running a lot of simulations these days that have upwards of 200,000 degrees of freedom. Add in lots of bolt connectors (about 40 I think) and their no penetration contact sets, and this study takes about 50 minutes to mesh on my Quad-core intel Xeon 3GHz computer with 4 Gb RAM (about 5 years old now). When it gets to the solver stage of the analysis, it only takes about 20 minutes. My main beef is that it takes about another 15 minutes after the solver finishes (with a "ding!") to just show the displacement plot. If you double-click to show the stress plot, it takes about 20 minutes. And a Factor of Safety Plot? Well! You'd better just drive across town for coffee, because you won't see any colours for about 35 minutes. At least, not on my machine.
Can anyone else relate? Is this just my CPU? Or would it be due to the graphics card? I have a Quadro FX 4500 (top of the line 5 years ago, now not so much). RAM?
Please provide your opinions.