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Hardware support and benefit of AMD Threadripper system?  

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(@swissastro)
Brown Dwarf Customer
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 6
September 1, 2020 09:11  

Hi,

I'm about to create a new workstation to accelerate my workflows and was wondering if anybody had experience with a system based on the new AMD 3960x or 3970x processors.

Given the tests it looks like this could be a game changer, especially if combined with an M2. NVME Disk that , given the implementation of the PCIe 4.0 spec , would allow insane disk transfer times, unknown until now.

As building such a system is nearly twice the cost of an Intel system I'd really love to hear back from anybody who can tell me it APP would benefit from this. Thanks


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(@vincent-mod)
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September 3, 2020 11:57  

Yes, Mabula (the developer of APP) uses a threadripper system. It indeed is very well suited for a program like APP, cores are fully used where possible by our code. SSD disk helps a lot as well and a lot of memory. So yes, if you have the possibility to get such a system, go for it.


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(@swissastro)
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September 3, 2020 18:46  

Thanks that makes my choice easy then.


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(@swissastro)
Brown Dwarf Customer
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November 2, 2020 20:28  

So I follwed your guidance and for anyone interested I can confirm that APP runs nicely on a new Threadripper 3970 system, uses the cores superb:

Screen Shot 11 02 20 at 08.24 PM

Calculation time in APP went down from above 4hrs to 6 minutes. Old system : Core I7 8770k, 32GB Ram , 1TB NVME PCIE3 disks, Nvidia GTX1080Ti, New System: AMD Threadripper3970x, 128GBRam, several 1TB and 2TB NVME M2 PCIE4 disks, NVIDIA 1080Ti

This post was modified 11 months ago by Achim Freyer

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(@vincent-mod)
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November 4, 2020 14:02  

Wow, that's quite the beast there. 🙂 Nice!


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(@whixson)
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April 25, 2021 16:48  

Wow! Looks like it's worth it


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