Improved productivity. Enhanced collaboration. Reduced time to market. These are just some of the benefits you can achieve by deploying Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0. But do you know if the hardware you use is optimized for Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0?
Determining the need for 64-bit. The first question most teams ask is whether or not they should move to a 64-bit version of Pro/ENGINEER. From a pure performance perspective, the answer is pretty clear — tests show that Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 runs anywhere from 5 to 15 percent faster, while meshing capabilities within Pro/ENGINEER Mechanica are up to 85 percent faster.
This latest version of Pro/ENGINEER enables you to take advantage of the massive amounts of addressable memory available on the HP xw4300 Workstation — based on 64-bit Intel Xeon and Pentium processors. The performance and processing capacity of these processors allows you to greatly increase problem solving capabilities.
Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T) allows workstations to support larger amounts of addressable memory space, aiding in the design and manipulation of large data sets or models within Pro/ENGINEER. And since EM64T supports both 32-bit and 64-bit computing, the transition from 32-bit to 64-bit is relatively simple.
Gaining processing power. Today’s design environment places tough demands on workstations, particularly if you are running multiple applications simultaneously; for example Pro/ENGINEER and an analysis package. Workstations that employ multiprocessing capabilities in dual-core configurations can address the computational performance problems that often hamper development.
The HP xw8200 Workstation takes advantage of dual-core processing through multitasking (running multiple applications simultaneously) or multithreading (running parts of a single application simultaneously). With dual-core processing you can balance the processing loads between processors and increase your response time. Studies show that multi-threaded or multitasking applications have an approximate 15 to 30 percent performance improvement compared to equivalently priced single-core processors.
Addressing demands for more memory. Many of today’s technical applications require huge amounts of memory to perform properly. With the move to 64-bit, the need for memory only increases. ECC and DDR2 memory delivers massive memory bandwidth and ensures the proper balance between application, data and operating system requirements in a 64-bit environment. The HP xw6200 Workstation utilize new DDR2 memory technology which improves dual channel memory bandwidth, reduces power consumption and supports higher density memory components.
To make your workstation even more efficient, you can utilize tools like the HP Performance Tuning Framework, which allows you to accurately monitor memory use. Pre-installed on HP systems, the tool displays exactly how much physical system memory and virtual memory are being used by which applications over specific periods of time. It alerts you when memory use is nearing or exceeding physical resources and provides recommendations for solving memory issues. Improving performance rates. No one who has worked on a design can take the chance of losing any work due to a defective or damaged hard drive. SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) disk drives enhance the performance of workstations running 64-bit applications, delivering reliability, performance and stability.
Less expensive than other types of disk drives, SATA disk drives provide very fast data transfer rates of up to 150 MB per second. The SATA interface also enables easy aggregation of multiple disk drives into a single workstation.
Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 can help you work more effectively on the most demanding engineering and design challenges. By having the right technology to run this powerful application, you can be assured of improving productivity and speeding time to market.
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