July 31, 2018 at 3:52 pmgrybkaSubscriber
I am looking to speed up my HFSS calculations. Currently, my desktop is Windows 10, Intel i7 3.4 GHz with onboard graphics, and 48 GB of RAM. I am thinking of purchasing the NVIDIA K40c or NVIDIA K80 to have GPU acceleration, but I am very scared of wasting >$1k for not much benefit.
1. Will my hardware setup benefit from an NVIDIA Tesla card? Is it possible that my CPU won't be able to effectively implement GPU acceleration?
2. Roughly, what performance increase would I achieve with GPU acceleration from K40c and K80?
August 3, 2018 at 5:21 amslouieAnsys Employee
HFSS will tap the GPU for a few specific scenarios:
-If you're using the Direct Solver and your mesh count reaches greater than 2 million --- we've seen cases where speedup is ~2x when compared to running on 8cores alone.
-Some applications that use the SBR+ solver --- very significant speedup!!
-If you're running HFSS Transient hybrid solver --- very significant speedup!!
If none of those cases apply to you, then GPU is not necessary.
Hope that helps your decision making process!
August 3, 2018 at 2:45 pmgrybkaSubscriber
This is very helpful slouie!!
April 21, 2021 at 11:33 pmkailashSubscriberWill it help for CFD calculations as well?n
April 22, 2021 at 2:11 amAndyJPSubscriberThis will not be very helpful because the written above is simply not very true (confusing incomplete truth, to be fair).nhttps://forum.ansys.com/discussion/comment/109374#Comment_109374nhttps://forum.ansys.com/discussion/comment/105255#Comment_105255nThe short answer:nGPU acceleration is always activated for isotropic dielectric media in Transient and Driven Modal. Probably SBR is in the list, I don't use it.nI did not find any threshold mesh elements count for that.nIt does not work in other solvers. It does not work when any kind of anisotropy is found. I do not remember, does it work with shell boundaries; it is still a question.nGPU acceleration gives crazy benefits when solving longer than 5 minutes per pass. For short simulations there is no difference because of long and unreliable license negotiation with license server, and long pre/post-processing.nGPU acceleration in unfairly blocked for GTX boards, but work on absolutely equivalent Quadro/Tesla boards.n
April 22, 2021 at 2:20 amAndyJPSubscriberP.S. Kepler architecture (Quadro K) will soon be phased out, because nVidia has limited life of upcompatibility in CUDA sdk. Newer versions of SDK will not provide newer capabilities for these boards, so the software will stop computing with them.n
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