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Old   January 10, 2017, 11:01
Question GPU simulation Fluent out of memory
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Hi all,
I am trying to perform my first simulations with Fluent 16 with gpu acceleration and I'm facing some problems. My cpu has 8Gb Ram and the gpu is Quadro k600 with 4Gb.

My problem is that with small problems (200.000 cell) the simulation is slower with graphic card due to the partition, which is normal, but when trying bigger simulations (>500.000 cell) my graphic card runs out of memory however I can perform the simulation without the gpu acceleration.


Is this normal? That means that it isn't worthy to make gpu acceleration with this kind of cards?

Any advice or comment would be well appreciated
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The results you get are not surprising. Ansys recommends high-end compute cards for GPU acceleration. High amounts of memory and DP performance are keys to success here. A Quadro K600 lacks both factors. I doubt that you have a version with 4GB of VRAM, to my knowledge such a video card does not exist.

Here is presentation that helps estimating the memory requirements for GPU acceleration: https://www.nvidia.cn/content/tesla/...-userguide.pdf

My advice: stick to CPU-only without GPU "acceleration".
I would not subscribe your statement "the simulation is slower with graphic card due to the partition". It is probably slower because your GPU is rather low-end and GPU acceleration is still a feature under development.
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Thank you very much for your quick reply, I didn't know that this kind of simulation was so much consuming. After reading the link you posted, I will stick to cpu calculation.

Thank you again for your help
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