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How to best increase performance for simulations

Question asked by Dermott McHugh on Sep 3, 2014
Latest reply on Sep 4, 2014 by Jared Conway

Hi all,

 

I have an opportunity to upgrade either the RAM or hard drive (HDD to SSD), with the goal of increasing the solve times for the simulations I'm running.

 

Currently I'm running 8 GB of RAM on a Lenovo Thinkpad W530, with this processor:

Intel i7-3630QM CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2401 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)

 

Watching the resource monitor, I'm not pegging out the physical memory completely, but definitely have high utilization, and at times do start getting quite a few hard faults from star.exe (even though maybe only 4-6 GB of the physical memory are "in use").

 

Does anyone know what hardware factors have the greatest effect on simulation solving speed? I'm trying to get the most bang for my buck here and curious what other folks have experienced when making these upgrades.

 

Thanks,

Dermott

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