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Deswik.Suite minimum and recommended specs

July 25, 2017
by Matt Chilcott

While there’s some basic underlying hardware requirements for Deswik.Suite to perform well, the hardware spec required for workstations / PCs / laptops can vary depending on your use case and data sizes.

If you’re at the stage of spec’ing new machines and have any questions, please contact support@deswik.com. One or more of our consultants should have an understanding of your data sizes and be able to provide suggested specs accordingly.

 

IT Infrastructure Requirements for Deswik.Suite
Network
  • Gigabit network (all links) from workstation to file server
File Server
  • File server to use SAS or SSD hard drives (not Near-line SAS or SATA)

 

Workstation Requirements for Deswik.Suite
Item Minimum for Viewing & Drafting (1) Minimum Recommended Huge Models (2)
Processor Quad Core, 2.5Ghz+ Quad Core, 2.5Ghz+ Quad Core,
3Ghz
Quad Core, 3.5Ghz+
RAM 8GB 16GB 32GB 64GB
Video Card(3) Integrated 1GB Video Card 2GB Video Card 4GB Video Card
Display Resolution 1366 x 768 1680 x 1050 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Hard Drive SATA Hard Drive SSD Hard Drive
Operating System Windows 7 or Windows 10 (64-bit)
.NET Framework 4.5.x or 4.6.x
Visual C++ runtime libraries Windows update KB2999226 (Universal C Runtime)
2010, 32 & 64-bit, version 10.0.30319 or higher
2012, version 11.0.61030 or higher
2013, 32 & 64-bit, version 12.0.21005 or higher
2015, version 14.0.23026 or higher

 

  1. Lower spec machines may be able to run Deswik.Suite for viewing and drafting purposes, however the size of the file / data being loaded will be the limitation on the minimum spec machine required
  2. Typically large open cut coal models
  3. A note on Video Cards
    1. Nvidia or ATI cards are supported BUT Nvidia cards are preferred and have proven to provide better performance with Deswik.Suite.
    2. Intel integrated graphics cards are supported on a “reasonable efforts” basis and only under the following conditions:
      1. The card is an Intel HD4000 or higher card
      2. The latest intel graphics card drivers are installed
      3. The customer understands that integrated graphics cards will provide significantly poorer performance and may lack some functionality as opposed to a dedicated graphics card
    3. All video cards must support OpenGL 4.0+ and be running a driver not more than 1-year old.

 

Server Requirements for Network Licensing Component (64bit only)
Type Physical or Virtual
Processor Dual Core 2.5Ghz
RAM 2GB
Operating System Windows 2008 R2 Server, or above
.NET Framework 4.6 or above

 

Server Requirements for Deswik.FileManager Application Server
Item App Server only, SQL on another server Dual install for App Server and SQL Server
Processor 1 x Dual Core 2Ghz+ 1 x Dual Core 2.5Ghz+
RAM 2GB 8GB
Operating System Windows 2008 R2 Server, or above
.NET Framework 4.6 or above
Component installation IIS 7.5 or above IIS 7.5 or above,
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or 2012
Network 1GbE (end to end) to workstations
Disk Initial disk size based on the amount of data to be stored and backed up. Different per customer:

  • To estimate, consider the size of the existing data on the customers server and then factor it up, e.g. x2 or x3
  • Factor in a % growth of that data over time, e.g. 40% of initial disk space / year

 

Server Requirements for Deswik.MDM Database Server
Item Minimum  Recommended 
Processor 1 x Quad Core 3Ghz+ 2 x Quad Core 3Ghz+
RAM 16GB 32GB
Disk Logs: 250Gb RAID10 SAS
DB: 1TB RAID5 SAS for DB
Logs: 500Gb RAID10 SAS
DB: 5TB RAID5 SAS for DB
Operating System Windows 2008 R2 Server, or above (2012 R2, 2016)
SQL Database Microsoft SQL 2012, 2014 or 2016 Standard Microsoft SQL 2012, 2014 or 2016 Enterprise
Application CLR on SQL instance
Network 1GbE to workstations & Deswik servers 10GbE to network stack core

 

Note:

  • the SQL Server license is not sold by Deswik and needs to be purchased separately by the client.
  • Deswik recomend using an SQL Enterprise Server edition license as this provides extended access to hardware resources as well as functionality such as compression. These become important for a larger site from a performance and administrative point of view as the database size grows.
  • Deswik.MDM will run on all editions of SQL Server (Express, Standard & Enterprise). However, the Express edition is not recommended for site implementations.

Deswik requests external access to all MDM servers on clients sites to be able to administer and trouble-shoot them – as per Deswik’s standard support agreement terms.