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A stark contrast between the advantages of hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs). When it comes to thinking about what should go in our workstations, we — both hardware suppliers and users— too often dwell on the glitzier technology inside, the “speeds and feeds.” How many CPU cores or GPU shaders there are, what frequencies they’re clocked at, and how many polygons/second or texels/second the GPU can churn through. But just as often as any of these specs might be the bottleneck in your CAD workflow, so might something far less glamorous, like disk I/O performance. To maximize throughput, for both you and your workstation, all the components in your system need to be up to snuff, even — or in some cases especially — your machine’s storage. And what sort of storage subsystem should CAD professionals be considering today when configuring their workstation?
Get your Solid Edge Catalog Parts….Now! My new bff*, Cadenas, put together a couple videos on the new Solid Edge Part Community . Now they are kind of a quiet lot but if you are in a cube with a bunch of engineers trying to get some work done, this is good. So click below and see what’s new.
Home > Hard Drive , Mobile Workstations , Workstations > The Advantages of Solid-State Drives for Solid Edge and Other CAD Applications A few of us CAD folks are experimenting with solid-state drives ( SSDs ), since they give fast boots and quick launches of Solid Edge (and most other high-end software programs). However, SSDs cost more than traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), so only a lucky few are getting them. SSDs use solid-state memory to store data and provides access just like a traditional block i/o HHD. However, SSDs use microchips to retain the data, which contain no moving parts. In contrast, HDD are electromechanical devices with spinning disks and movable read/write heads.
There certainly has been a lot going on in the CAD industry of late. It seems as if just about everyone has been talking about adding or integrating direct modeling into what they offer. Thinking back, direct modeling and feature-history modeling have both been around for some time.
Eight months have passed since we took the stage at SolidWorks World in Anaheim and talked about cloud technology and the benefits it can bring to the product design process. As I travel around the world talking to companies and visiting user groups, I’ve noticed the same questions keep coming up, and I wanted to address some of them directly. First, people are asking what this “cloud” thing is all about In a nutshell, “cloud computing” leverages the Internet to shift processor-intensive tasks from the desktop to more-powerful remote machines. We’ll talk more about technology later, but if you want to learn more now, this blog post by Faisal Ghadially does a nice job of exploring the different options. Second, people are asking if the introduction of cloud applications means the end of installed software.
Editor’s note: This article has been adapted from an article that originally appeared in benchmark , a NAFEMS publication. For more information, visit nafems.org . NAFEMS, an independent member organization dedicated to computer modeling and simulation methods, asked engineers what mangers needed to know about finite element analysis (FEA). Selected responses are below. Contributors are mainly stress engineers or engineers from similar disciplines.
Jump to Comments by Mark Burhop | 31 Mar 2010 Yesterday for April fool's day, I released a blog post about a fictitious product called CADVille. This was a running joke within the CAD community on Twitter and I thought this might be a fun post.
I know that most of you will consider the title of this post as being a contradiction in terms. I hope to show you otherwise. We are certainly seeing the makers of history-based parametric CAD tools attempting to add explicit like or direct modeling type functionality to their history-based systems. Unfortunately many complications can evolve in the model when direct geometry edits are made to a history-based model. Maybe someday the issues will be worked out.