GeoStudio System Requirements
This article reviews the software and hardware requirements for running GeoStudio.
- This article assumes you intend to use the latest version of GeoStudio available.
- Generally, the recommendations will apply to any version of GeoStudio.
- The GeoStudio minimum system requirements are listed on the following page:
- As GeoStudio is updated, the requirements on the Download page will be updated as necessary.
When purchasing or upgrading a PC or considering where to install GeoStudio, consider the following:
- Multi-core processor:
- SLOPE/W and the GeoStudio “flow products” (SEEP/W, TEMP/W, AIR/W, and CTRAN/W) are formulated to take advantage of every thread available.
- All else being equal, more cores (or threads) will equal faster solve times.
- It isn’t quite linear: solve time will not be halved by doubling the number of threads, but this is where the most improvement can be seen.
- It's generally worthwhile having at least 4-6 cores.
- Clock speed:
- Doubling the clock speed will result in halving the solve time.
- Hard drive:
- The GeoStudio solvers write a lot of data to disk while solving, and a lot of data is read from disk while viewing results.
- Fast disk access will result in:
- Faster solve times.
- Optimal response time when viewing of results:
- Viewing results across multiple time steps or analyses.
- A Solid State drive will provide the best performance.
- Working across a network drive may negatively impact performance if the network connection speed is slow.
- Memory usage is very project-dependent and application-dependent.
- In general a typical 2D problem can be solved with 2-3 GB of RAM.
- A 2D problem using 4 GB of RAM and upwards is not abnormal but would be considered large.