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Peter Menegay August 12, 2002 14:16

Large jobs and memory
We do alot of large CFD runs at our site, mostly with Tascflow but increasingly with CFX 5. We are considering upgrading our workstations to dual Xeon 2.4 GHz with 8 GB RAM. The 8 GB is available in server configurations. My question is, even if we have all that memory, will CFX/Tascflow be able to access it? OS will be Linux, presumably 32 bit. So far, with dual Xeon 1.7 GHz, I have never been able to access more than 2 GB.



Neale August 12, 2002 17:23

Re: Large jobs and memory
You can recompile the Linux kernel to enable up to 4 GB memory access. I think that by default, Redhat, and possibly other distributions, come limited to 2 GB, which is what you observe.

Xeon's are a 32 bit CPU and standard Linux is a 32 bit OS, so 4 GB per process all you get. CFX-5 and TASCflow should be able to allocate that much under Linux. You will be able to run bigger jobs with CFX-5 though, because it's parallel implmentation is better.


Gaikwad Suresh J August 23, 2002 05:39

Re: Large jobs and memory

I too had similar problems in handling large CFD models for Combustion studies.

U can use the following data.

small CFD cases individually on the NT machine having a RAM of 2GB while the large case could not be handled due to insufficient memory. In terms of approximate grid size, problems with less than 1.0 million nodes can be handled with NT and for handling large problems above 1.0 million nodes the physical memory of the machine need to be increased approximately at the rate of 1.7MB RAM for every 1000 Nodes.

it was found that a 32-bit architecture machine can account for a maximum of 2 GB physical memory while for higher memory allocations, a 64-bit architecture is needed. Therefore the options available for solving large CFD problems using Tascflow (1.0 million nodes and above)

1. Use of HP-Unix C3700 workstation with HP-UNIX 11.0 operating system with 6 GB RAM scalable up to 8GB 2. Use of HP-Unix J Class series workstation (HP J6700–dual processor) with 6 GB RAM scalable up to about 16 GB 3. Use of Itanium 2 chip on Windows–XP operating system (Yet to be released to the market)

• The capability to handle large problems on HP Unix workstations could be seen clearly as a distinct advantage with options of the C3700 with 8GB RAM expandability & the J6700 with up to 16GB RAM.

• HP team can also help with the sizing of the whole solution keeping the current & future requirements in mind, with the right mix of systems to meet our needs.

• Similar exercise on NT platform using WINDOWS XP operating system with Itanium 2 or McKinley chip with TASCflow Version 2.12 will be carried out to explore the possibilities of solving large CFD problems.

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