Hardware Requirements

Minimum requirements

  • 64 Bit operating system
    • Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 10
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
    • or Debian Linux
  • Fast reading/writing speed to/from disk (SSD or RAID recommended - see right side below, for large projects see RAID remarks; USB disks and network drives should be avoided**)
  • RAM: see table below
ProductImage ResolutionImages Min. RAMRecom. 
SURE Proup to 60 MP<100016 GB16 GB
>100032 GB64 GB
>500064 GB128 GB
SURE Aerial<400 MP - 2.5D only<500032 GB64 GB
unlimited & full 3D<1000064 GB128 GB
unlimited & full 3D<60000128 GB128 GB

Recommended settings

  • Intel i7/Xeon processors or AMD Threadripper/Epyc with a high clock speed per core (>3.0 GHz) and a high core count (up to 24 threads are included with each license, can be upgraded)
  • Fast reading/writing speed to/from hard disk (SSD or RAID recommended - see right side below, for large projects see RAID remarks; USB disks and network drives should be avoided**)
  • Graphics card processing (optional): Nvidia CUDA graphics card with compute capability 2.0 with >4 GB – preferably 6 GB or 12 GB of memory (less is sufficient for small frames), e.g. GTX1080Ti.

** USB and network drives do not enable caching, which leads to a strong performance loss

General Remarks

  • SURE will automatically benefit from additional RAM if available, due to processing in larger parts and less data transfer.
  • Additional benefits can be expected for a fast communication between CPU and RAM.
  • Processing on graphics card can be beneficial for average CPUs and good graphics cards.


Performance Evaluation

We recommend to do testing on the available hardware and to identify the bottleneck. If CPU and GPU are at equal speed, most likely the hard disk is the bottleneck. Also, very good CPUs can have more performance than a state of the art GPUs due to high clock rate and IO overhead. For further optimization of parameters, please see the article Performance Optimization

Example for an SSD:

Note: SSDs connected to the PC should be preferred over cable (Serial ATA)

Example: Samsung 970 EVO 2 TB, Solid State Drive
(at least 4TB in a RAID configuration are recommended for a processing node)

Example for a RAID setup with spinning drives - here with external case

General recommendation: hardware RAID controller in RAID 0 with 6 or 8 SAS spinning drives

Controller: SAS HBA, 8port 12Gb/s, ARECA ARC-1883LP, SAS RAID, PCIe x8,Dual Core ROC, 2GB Cache
Case, Desktop JBOD, 8x 12Gb/s SAS HDDs, Areca ARC-4038,4x SFF-8644 & 1x SFF-8088, 220W PSU 
Harddrive, 6 or 8 SAS disks - e.g. 4000GB, Seagate Constellation ES.3, 24x7, 6Gb/s, 3.5", 7.200U./min.