I was wondering, what is the best method to measure the performance of hardware when using Flow Simulation? What have people done for benchmarking?
I saw the Solidworks benchmark results at http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pz7wTpIkC7LA28ybEyxyTPw using the standard punch holder from Anna Wood's site http://www.solidmuse.com/solidworks-benchmark-punch-holder.html.
The punchholder test is good for Solidworks performance and stresses the CPU primarily, with relatively low memory usage.
Flow Sim uses lot's of memory for a high cell count model and uses the CPU's, although not fully for a single simulation.
I would imagine that selecting one of the tutorial models would be a good start. Set up a configuration with boundary conditions, heat source, radiation, porous media, etc., and set refinement to achieve a specified cell count. Then clone that configuration several times so you will be able to run one model at a time, two at a time, four at a time using batch solve.
Any one interested in trying something along these lines?