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Simulation Long Run Time

Question asked by Lee Macklem on Feb 17, 2011
Latest reply on Mar 20, 2011 by Jerry Steiger

I have been running a number of simulations in 2010 which take a lot of time to run.  I was reading through the forum to see if anyone else has long run times.  It looks like a number of people have been using multiple core processors.  I am running Windows 7 x64 and have a Intel Core i7 CPU x920.  I also have 16 GB of memory in my computer.  I am currently running a simulation which has been going for over 32 hours, it is an assembly with about 50 parts so there are a variety of contact surfaces.  I have a hard time stopping a simulation like this because I have seen where it says the solver is 27% through after over 10 hours and then it will go from 27% to 100% in the last half hour.  I have an issue with this as it is not real time so you really never know how far along the simulation is.

 

Has anyone else had run times this long (30+ hours)?  I am attaching a screen shot showing how hard it is working my computer.  The memory usage ranges from 9 to 11 GB and the CPU usage goes from 40% and up.

 

Any thoughts on faster computers.  I have read the reviews on the BOXX Extreme computer which sounds good, has anyone else purchased one of these for SolidWorks simulation?

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