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- New considerations to be aware of before you buy your next workstation for SolidWorks ...

- New considerations to be aware of before you buy your next workstation for SolidWorks

- Tips & tricks to tune your workstation for optimal SolidWorks performance

Is your computer impeding your SolidWorks productivity? We have teamed with HP and Intel to provide you with resources to help make smarter hardware choices for SolidWorks users.

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  • WESWhen you configure a balanced system you will impact your entire day and not just part of it.  Think of it this way – imagine you are in an Indy 500 race car and you are hurdling around the track at 218mph.  Now imagine one of you four tires is out of balance – what do you do  -- that is right you slow down  - a workstation is just like that race car. If it is out of balance you work will slow down. Let me share a view on balance – let’s start with the processor - most CAD apps are single thread and will benefit from the fastest possible processor.  Other apps (e.g. simulation, ray tracing,) will see this benefit as well.  Now I would love you to the buy the fastest processor if you can do it. If not invest in a processor speed that is as close to max speed as possible.  Take your savings and invest in memory – in fact if you can invest in memory to the point that is at least twice the size of your largest model – when you do that you will eliminate paging and you will not be slowed down. Let’s look at graphics – If you are doing high video editing or images require larger frame buffer memories larger than 1GB you may want to consider a higher end card.  Now what I am saying is do not buy an entry gfx card buy a mid-range gfx card like a K2000 .Take your $600 savings and invest in in Solid State Drives, This is a very balanced system and can help you take a 5 hour workflow and cut it to as little as 60 minutes.Yes it will cost a you little more – but the productivity delivered from this balanced system will help you create, test, and visualize your ideas over 5X time faster.
  • WESWhen we look at a workstation there a four major components.  They are:MemoryProcessorsStorageGraphics Computers typically classified as a workstation have these four features:ECC RAM. Error-correcting code memory makes your system more reliable. It fixes memory errors before they affect your system, preventing crashes and saving you downtime.Multiple Processor Cores. More processor cores mean more processing abilities. However, it won’t guarantee performance boosts. The software you are using has to be programmed to take advantage of it, but it will provide some benefit.SSD. Solid State Drives work differently than conventional hard-disk drives. There are no moving parts, so there is less chance of a physical failure. They are also faster. The downside is that they are more expensive and have a smaller storage capacity than that of “regular” drives.Optimized GPU. All computers need to output to a screen. Having a higher end GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) means that your CPU will have to do less work processing the screen output. In some cases, the GPU can actually take over some of the load from the CPU, making everything faster. The downside is that high-end GPUs are expensive and increases the costs of your workstation.
  • JEFFPart Modeling: We recommend a single processor workstation. The reason why is the feature tree is serial in nature and therefore your CPU must start at the top and work its way down the tree.  Your PC cannot split this task up among different processor (ie multi-threaded) to have one processor start at the top and the other half-way down working in parallel.  The 2nd processor just wouldn't know what to build upon since the first core has not finished its work.  This is a single threaded PC load so single core processor frequency (measured in Ghz) is key here.  Turbo boost (by Intel) is a great piece of technology because it helps overclock a single core to a higher frequency (GHz) in single threaded loads.Assemblies: Why SSD if you do assemblies? Assemblies behave quite a bit like parts with respect to CPU load with two caveats.  Your PC has to have enough RAM to load all of the parts into memory without taxing the "Virtual Memory" of your machine.  The other (usually overlooked) area is how fast a PC can load your parts from your HDD into RAM.  SSDs completely outclass HDDs in this area by an order of magnitude. So ram and drive is key to performance when doing assemblies.
  • JEFFFor 2D modeling users and those exploring 3D, we recommend the Z230 Xeon, single core, 16GB RAM and a 1 GB Video card, meets all performance expectations.
  • JEFFFor the mobile design users who need flexibility and mobility, comes with a 15 or 17 inch display which has a resolution of 1920x1080 with an Anti-glare display, 16GB RAM, 1GB Video, 750GB HDD and a 32GB SSD.
  • JEFFExpert Visualization and Simulation users HP’s flagship the Z820, this is when cores matter. The system has 16 cores, 32 GB of ram, and a 4GB NVidia graphics card. If anyone here has children and watch any movies by DreamWorks, all design for DreamWorks movies are done these HP Z workstations.
  • JEFFFinally let talk about tools to ensure our workstation and applications run a peak performance. HP Z workstations all ship with HP Performance Advisor. With Performance Advisor, one click bios settings allow users to optimize their bios setting based on applications, which includes HP certified drives for SolidWorks already included. How about view your entire system from a single console screen, get a consolidated report on how all of your hard ware is performing, identify bottle necks and increase time to resolution, all from a single pane of glass. I recommend visiting HP’s web site to see the benefits to having this tool.http://www8.hp.com/us/en/campaigns/workstations/performance-advisor.htmlFeel free to reach out to me and I will be happy to help you in anyway possible. My contact information will be given out at the end of the presentation.

Maximize Design and Engineering Productivity with HP and Intel Maximize Design and Engineering Productivity with HP and Intel Presentation Transcript

  • What to consider before you buy your next workstation for SolidWorks and Tips & Tricks to tune your workstation for optimal SolidWorks performance Maximize Design and Engineering Productivity Hawk Ridge Systems Lars Petersen, Training Manager larsp@hawkridgesys.com Intel Corporation Wes Shimanek, Workstation Segment Manager wesley.e.shimanek@intel.com Hewlett-Packard Jeff Gordon, Partner Business Manager jeff.gordon@hp.com
  • 2 “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” C. S. Lewis
  • 3 Agenda  HP and SolidWorks – teaming for customer success  Workstation technology update – new options and how to define a balanced solution for your specific needs  What stresses a workstation – SolidWorks user scenarios  Tips and tricks - tuning your workstation for optimal SolidWorks performance
  • 4 HP and SolidWorks Hawk Ridge Systems, HP and Intel teaming up to help SolidWorks users achieve optimal productivity  HP is the workstation market leader for SolidWorks and SolidWorks develops and tests on HP workstations  HP and SolidWorks work together to create and certify solutions that are optimized for different SolidWorks user workflows  Hawk Ridge Systems has teamed with HP to outfit their 16 customer training centers in the US and Canada with SolidWorks optimized workstations  Hawk Ridge Systems and HP’s premier reseller - Dasher Technologies - work together to understand your specific needs and define the best mix of workstation architecture components Team approach allows our customers to maximize productivity while optimizing price performance for specific needs
  • 5 Workstation Technology What’s the difference between a Workstation and a PC? – Users – Cost – System/Solution Performance – Durability – Expandability http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/workstations/workstation-xeon-e3-workstation-or-pc- comparison-brief.html
  • 6 Building A Balanced Workstation and Improving Your Experience If your system is slow so are your Engineers & Analysts Storage Graphics Memory Processors
  • 7 Workstation Technology Architecture Components: – Memory (RAM)  What’s the right amount?  ECC or standard memory? – Processor (CPU)  Core vs. Xeon?  Clock speed? – Storage (Hard Drives)  SSD?  HDD? – Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
  • 8 Intel Workstation Configurator  Build a Productive Workstation – One size does not fit all – Configure a custom system that will help make you the most productive without over investing http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/workstations/workstation- configurator-tool.html
  • 9 SolidWorks User Scenarios What Stresses a Workstation Architecture and how to optimize your investment/performance  #1 - Part Modeling – CPU must start at the top of the feature manager tree – Single core processor frequency is important – Turbo boost – helps a single core to a higher frequency in single threaded loads  #2 - Assemblies – Workstation must have enough RAM – HDDs vs. SDDs
  • 10 Preconfigured HP Smart Buy Solutions 3D Design Users Workstation performance and reliability at compelling prices. This configuration is ideal for SolidWorks users who are working on simple 3D assemblies and want to tap into the capabilities of RealView visualization. HP Z230 Tower Workstation Operating System: Windows 7 Professional (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8 Pro) Processor: Intel® Xeon® E3-1270v3 processor Memory: 16GB DDR3-1600 ECC (4x4GB) Unbuffered RAM Graphics Card: NVIDIA K2000 Storage: 256GB SATA SSD + 1TB 10k rpm SATA
  • 11 Preconfigured HP Smart Buy Solutions Mobile Design Users HP’s most powerful mobile workstation offers the highest-performing professional graphics, extreme processing power, a 15.6” or 17.3” diagonal display and a chiseled design that radiates performance. Designed for SolidWorks professionals that need mobile design, visualization of large datasets and laser scanning capabilities. HP Zbook Mobile Workstation Operating System: Windows 7 Professional (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8 Pro) Processor: Intel® Core® i7-4800MQ processor Memory: 32GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1,600 MHz Graphics: NVIDIA K4100M Storage: 512GB SATA SSD + 750GB HDD Display: 15.6” or 17.3 inch diagonal LED FHD WVA anti-glare (1920x1080) with camera
  • 12 SolidWorks User Scenarios What Stresses a Workstation Architecture and how to optimize your investment/performance  #3 – Simulation Based Design / Photview360 – Using either of these features occasionally – you need multiple cores in your CPU – Quad core CPU is 2x as fast as an equal dual core CPU
  • 13 Preconfigured HP Smart Buy Solutions Advanced Design and Simulation Users High levels of performance and expandability in an accessible tool-free mini-tower form factor. This configuration is ideal for advanced SolidWorks users who require a powerful workstation for complex 3D assemblies, robust simulation and analysis, and stunning visualization. HP Z420 Workstation Operating System: Windows 7 Professional (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8 Pro) Processor: Intel® Xeon® E5-1650 processor Memory: 32GB DDR3-1600 ECC (4x8GB) Unbuffered RA Graphics: NVIDIA K4000 Storage: 512GB SATA SSD
  • 14 Preconfigured HP Smart Buy Solutions Expert Visualization and Simulation Users Built for high-end computing and visualization. The dual-processor HP Z820 Workstation delivers outstanding performance, award-winning industrial design, and tool-free serviceability in the industry’s most expandable chassis. With next-generation Intel® Xeon® processors, support for up to 16 processing cores, and the latest professional graphics, you’ll tackle even the most demanding projects like never before. HP Z820 Workstation Operating System: Windows 7 Professional (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8 Pro) Processor: 2x Intel® Xeon® E5-2637v2 4Core processor Memory: 32GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1,600 MHz Graphics: NVIDIA K5000 Storage: 512GB SATA SSD
  • 15 Tips and Tricks for tuning SolidWorks Performance HP Performance Advisor Best performance on day one  One-Click bios setting optimization for your key applications  One-Click HP certified drivers for your key applications View entire system configuration  Consolidated report of all hardware, software and drivers  One-Click System Config report to expedite support and reduce down time Identify system bottlenecks  Quick & easy performance analysis  Extensive library of white papers at your fingertips
  • 16 Tips and Tricks for tuning SolidWorks Performance Hawk Ridge Systems Best Practices 1. Make sure you get the graphics card driver from SolidWorks.com, not from the hardware OEM. (http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/videocardtesting.html) 2. Make sure you disable anti-virus on install or updates, otherwise it may not be installed correctly 3. CAD Admin dashboard through your customer portal would be good to keep track of your hardware at your company 4. There are settings inside of the software that affect performance as well 5. Run the SolidWorks Rx Application – including the Performance Test. It can be started from the Windows start menu / SolidWorks <version> / SolidWorks Performance Test
  • 17 Thank you for attending! 877.266.4469 US 866.587.6803 CAN What’s next? Contact us if you have any questions on your specific balanced solution needs. Hawk Ridge Systems Lars Petersen, Training Manager larsp@hawkridgesys.com Intel Corporation Wes Shimanek, Workstation Segment Manager wesley.e.shimanek@intel.com Hewlett-Packard Jeff Gordon, Partner Business Manager jeff.gordon@hp.com To learn more about HP Smart Buys and pricing for SolidWorks’ visit: http://www.hawkridgesys.com/products/hp- workstation/