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    SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark

    Russ Johnston

      In an effort to compile and compare benchmark data for Linear Static FEA's I've created the attached simulation file. My hope is that the results compiled here will help to compare workstation configurations and allow SolidWorks users to evaluate new workstation purchases.

       

      This FEA does not encompass all the features & functions of SolidWorks Simulation but it should give results that can be compared against other workstation configurations.

       

      Contained in the attached ZIP file is the benchmark file and instructions on how to use it.

       

      If you have any comments please feel free.

       

       

       

      THIS THREAD IS OBSOLETE.  PLEASE SEE THIS THREAD FOR THE SIMULATION BENCHMARK

        • 1. Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark
          Russ Johnston

          I guess since I started this, I'll be the first to post results....

           

          Total Meash Time (sec) = 18

          Total Solution Time (sec) = 536 (approx 9 min)

          SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP4.0

          Computer Manufacturer = XI Computer

          Computer Model = PCIe Workstation

          Approx System Cost = $3200

          Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

          Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro 4000

          CPU Brand = Intel

          CPU Model = i7 2600K

          CPU Clock Speed = 4.0 GHz

          Cooling Type = Air Cooled

          Number of Cores = 4

          Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

          Amount of RAM = 16 GB

          RAM Manufacturer = Corsair

          RAM Speed = 1600 MHz

          Hard Drive Size = 240 GB Corsair Force Series3

          Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

           

          Misc Notes:

           

          Coolermaster V6 GT CPU cooler, ASUS P8P67-M motherboard

           

          Added attachments

          • 2. Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark
            Charles Culp

            Russ, this is great. I will be running a bunch of benchmarks over the coming month and I will look at using this as the benchmark for FEA.

            • 3. Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark
              Anthony Botting

              Russ this is great. Here is a $500 laptop purchased in 2008, so perhaps this test represents the low end of the scale:

               

              Total Solution Time (sec) = 4283 ( appx 72 minutes, factor of 8 times longer than your computer).

              SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP2.0

              Computer Manufacturer = Gateway

              Computer Model = NV53

              Approx System Cost = $500

              Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Home Premium x64/SP1

              Graphics Card = AMD M880G w/ATI Mobility Radeon HD4200, 256 MB dedicated, with 1663 MB shared.

              CPU Brand = AMD Turion II Ultra Dual-Core

              CPU Model = M600

              CPU Clock Speed = 2.41 GHz

              Cooing Type = Air Cooled

              Number of Cores = 2

              Hyper-Threading Enabled? = N

              Amount of RAM = 4 GB

              RAM Manufacturer = OEM (unknown)

              RAM Speed = unknown

              Hard Drive Size = 320 GB

              Hard Drive Type and RPM = OEM/5400RPM

               

              Misc Notes:

              1366 x 768 default display resolution at 15.3" diagonal.

              • 4. Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark
                John Sutherland

                I would love to try it Russ, but I am running SW 2009 and I would rather spend the upgrade fee on RAM, than on bells & whistles for SW.

                • 5. Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark
                  Charles Culp

                  "SW2013 SP01 improves performance of the simulation (FEA) solver beyond 4 cores." - Vajrang Parvate

                   

                   

                  If that is of value, I wouldn't call it a "bell and whistle". I'm not trying to be a salesman here, just stating a new enhancement that directly affects performance & benchmarking scores.

                   

                   

                  Also of relevance for this benchmark is whether people are running '13 SP01 or not, as that could possibly make a noticeable difference.

                  • 6. Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark
                    Russ Johnston

                    I think we will also see that hard drive type/speed will have a significant difference in solver time.  If I run this simulation, from the same workstation, with the file and results on our server the solve time is 886 sec (approx 15 min) .  Clearly the speed at which the data is saved/accessed makes a big difference.

                    • 7. Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark
                      John Sutherland

                      I greatly appreciate your contributions to the forum Charles, but I feel that I should clarify my view.

                       

                      Having watched Windows Task Manager for days while meshing and solving, I have concluded that FEA is I/O bound, as Russ has suggested, and that it mostly uses one core.  For a short time I observed all 8 cores blazing and I assumed that SW had automatically selected Sparse solving.

                       

                      If "significant" means an order of magnitude, then I will consider postponing the purchase of my next sports car and upgrading SW; that is why I want to benchmark my installation against other's.

                       

                      I admit to being the customer from hell (are we allowed to use that word these days?).

                      • 8. Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark
                        Tom Smith

                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 1345 (22m 25s)

                        SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP4.0

                        Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                        Computer Model = T3500

                        Approx System Cost = $4000

                        Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Pro x64/SP1

                        Graphics Card = nvidia quadro fx 3800, driver 295.73

                        CPU Brand = intel xeon

                        CPU Model = W3680

                        CPU Clock Speed = 3.33 GHz

                        Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                        Number of Cores = 6

                        Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                        Amount of RAM = 12 GB

                        RAM Manufacturer = OEM (unknown)

                        RAM Speed = unknown

                        Hard Drive Size = 150 GB

                        Hard Drive Type and RPM = OEM/15K RPM, SAS, raid mirrored.

                        • 9. Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark
                          Tom Smith

                          Just ran on SW2013 SP0 with same machine as above: 669 sec (11m 9s)

                          • 10. Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark
                            Mikael Martinsson

                            Total Solution Time (sec) = 764 s (12 min 44 sek)

                            SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP0.0

                            Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                            Computer Model = T1500

                            Approx System Cost = $1700

                            Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Pro x64/SP1

                            Graphics Card = nvidia quadro fx 580, driver 306.97

                            CPU Brand = Intel

                            CPU Model = i7 870

                            CPU Clock Speed = 2,93 GHz

                            Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                            Number of Cores = 4

                            Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                            Amount of RAM = 16 GB

                            RAM Manufacturer = OEM (unknown)

                            RAM Speed = 1333 MHz

                            Hard Drive Size = 464 GB

                            Hard Drive Type and RPM = OEM/7200 rpm (3Gb/s)

                             

                            Misc Notes:

                            Res disp max: 0.305 in

                            • 11. Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark
                              Jaakko Sarkaranta

                              Total Solution Time (sec) = 1360 s (appx 23min)

                              SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP5.0

                              Computer Manufacturer = HP

                              Computer Model = Z400

                              Approx System Cost = -

                              Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Pro x64/SP1

                              Graphics Card = Nvidia Quadro 2000

                              CPU Brand = Intel

                              CPU Model = Intel Xeon(R)

                              CPU Clock Speed = 3,07 GHz

                              Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                              Number of Cores = 4

                              Hyper-Threading Enabled? = ?

                              Amount of RAM = 12 GB

                              RAM Manufacturer = OEM (unknown)

                              RAM Speed = 1333 MHz

                              Hard Drive Size = 1000 GB

                              Hard Drive Type and RPM = OEM/7200 rpm

                              • 12. Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark
                                Dave Laban

                                This is great, thanks Russ.  I have been developing my own benchmark (that we have used internally) that stress tests Simulation in slightly different ways, presumably as a result of our differing industries and working environments.  If you like we could combine resources to come up with a further test model?  I would have to make a bespoke model as I would be unable to share what is effectively a production part with anyone publicly for benchmarking.

                                 

                                Total Solution Time (sec) = 1133 (18min 53s)

                                SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP4.0

                                Computer Manufacturer = HP

                                Computer Model = xw8600 (purchased Jan 2009)

                                Approx System Cost = [unknown]

                                Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

                                Graphics Card = NVidia Quadro FX5800 (driver 8.17.11.9754)

                                CPU Brand = Intel

                                CPU Model = Xeon X5492 (x2)

                                CPU Clock Speed = 3.40GHz

                                Cooling Type = Air Cooled

                                Number of Cores = 8

                                Hyper-Threading Enabled? = No

                                Amount of RAM = 32Gb

                                RAM Manufacturer = [unknown]

                                RAM Speed = [unknown]

                                Hard Drive Size = 256Gb

                                Hard Drive Type and RPM = Crucial M4-CT256 M4 SSD2

                                 

                                Misc Notes:  Terminal accessed using Windows Remote Desktop client, therefore graphics card was not being leveraged.

                                • 13. Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark
                                  Russ Johnston

                                  Did it really take half the time to solve just because of SW2013?  If that's the case, that's a HUGE improvement just by upgrading SW.

                                  • 14. Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark
                                    Russ Johnston

                                    For comparisson here's our latest workstation.  When we got this workstation I created the FEA benckmark file to show management how much faster it was than our old ones.  This new one is 22% faster.  When you consider that the overall clock speed is only 12% faster and the HDD's are the same (identical actually) the rest of the decrease in time is coming from some other part(s) of the overall setup.

                                     

                                    Total Mesh Time (sec) = 16

                                    Total Solution Time (sec) = 426 (approx 7 min)

                                    SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP4.0

                                    Computer Manufacturer = XI Computer

                                    Computer Model = PCIe Workstation

                                    Approx System Cost = $3300

                                    Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

                                    Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro 2000

                                    CPU Brand = Intel

                                    CPU Model = i7 3930K

                                    CPU Clock Speed = 4.5 GHz

                                    Cooling Type = Liquid Cooled

                                    Number of Cores = 6

                                    Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                    Amount of RAM = 16 GB

                                    RAM Manufacturer = Corsair

                                    RAM Speed = 1866 MHz

                                    Hard Drive Size = 240 GB Corsair Force Series 3

                                    Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                     

                                    Misc Notes:

                                     

                                    Corsair H100 CPU cooler, ASUS P9X79 Pro motherboard

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