[Sidefx-houdini-list] Semi OT : What is the best processor to run simulation (flip) for Houdini ?

Jerome Pastorello lordkarington0 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 29 13:15:58 EDT 2016


Hello,

Are the sims calculations multi threaded ? 

thx

Jérôme



> Le 29 juin 2016 à 18:25, François Duchesneau <sidefx at trinix.ca> a écrit :
> 
> Lately I've been doing a lot of work remotely on my laptop with an i7-5700HQ and as I was pretty happy about the performances so I started to do benchmarks at different studios I work as well to compare. Surprisingly the sims I ran weren't a great deal faster on their Xeon multi-core workstations.
> 
> Somebody mentioned here or on the forum that i7s are restricted to 64GB of RAM. If it's the case that would be a reason why I would go toward a Xeon vs a i7 on a workstation. However if it's not the case and if I was to buy a workstation I would definitely do more serious benchmarks because it looks like a fast i7 might be faster in many cases especially for lower res sims.
> 
> I don't know about you but I spend a lot more time tweaking and validating parameters on a lower res sim than I do on the final which is most of the time something I send overnight or on a computer on the farm. Thus the advantage of being faster on very high res is not as important then.
> 
> Please keep us informed of what you find.
> 
> Thanks
> 
> François
> 
> On 06/29/2016 11:48 AM, Cristobal Infante wrote:
>> A dual Xeon should serve you well for sims.
>> 
>> On Wednesday, 29 June 2016, Olivier Jeannel <facialdeluxe at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> It's all in the title.
>>> What do you use or recommand for the heavy sims task ?
>>> 
>>> 4 core very high Ghz ?
>>> Many cores low Ghz ?
>>> 
>>> i7 / Xeon ?
>>> 
>>> Single ?
>>> 
>>> Dual?
>>> 
>>> Gpu / openCL ?
>>> 
>>> If you have some good reference for the cpu or a site with some fast
>>> configuration I'm all ears.
>>> 
>>> Thank you :)
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