Hardware Recommendations

RAM

Minimum: 64 GB (32 GB DSM/True Ortho)
Recommended: 128GB*
*SURE uses more memory dynamically to improve performance

CPU

Recommended: Intel Xeon/i9/i7 or AMD Threadripper/Epyc
3.0 GHz or higher clock speed per core

GPU (optional)

Minimum: none
Recommended: Nvidia CUDA graphics card with 12GB* or more
e.g. GTX1080Ti, RTX2080Ti, RTX8000, Titan RTX, or RTX6000
*SURE uses more memory dynamically to improve performance

Storage

Distributed Processing:
Minimum: 4TB Compute Node, 24TB Master
Recommended: Processing Nodes - 8TB SSD RAID0*, Master - 32TB HDD RAID5**

Single Node Processing:
Recommended: 16 TB SSD RAID5*

* e.g. 4x 2TB PCIe/M2/NVMe SSD Samsung 970 EVO 2TB with 3.5GB/s Software RAID0
** e.g. 8x SAS Spinning Disks in RAID5 for fast throughput + hardware RAID controller

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7 or newer, Windows Server 2012 or newer, Debian Linux

General Remarks

  • SURE will automatically benefit from additional RAM if available, due to processing in larger parts and less data transfer.

  • If your RAM significantly exceeds recommended RAM specifications, manually setting a larger tile size can increase performance. See also Performance Optimization for a table of recommended tile sizes.

  • Additional benefits can be expected for a fast communication between CPU and RAM.

  • Processing on graphics card can be beneficial for hardware setups with an average CPU.

  • Avoid the use of USB and network drives. These type of drives do not enable caching, which leads to a strong performance loss.

Please follow our best practices and always use distributed processing. Doing so, ensures the processing nodes stay within the 4TB storage recommendation, permitting the use of less expensive hardware. Also note Master nodes store all the input data and final results, thus they require larger storage capacity.

RAM Minimum Requirements

Image Resolution

Images

Min. RAM

Recommended RAM

Up to 60 MP

<1000

16 GB

16 GB

Up to 60 MP

>1000

32 GB

64 GB

Up to 60 MP

>5000

64 GB

128 GB

< 400 MP - DSM & True Ortho

<5000

32 GB

64 GB

Unlimited MP - All Products

<10000

64 GB

128 GB

Unlimited MP - All Products

<60000

128 GB

128 GB

Storage Hardware Examples

Node Storage

4TB Disk space: Two 2TB SSDs connected via PCIe/M2/NVMe with 3500MB/s transfer speed in a RAID configuration (e.g. 2 x Samsung 970 EVO 2TB SSD)

Master Storage

RAID controller in RAID 0 (or RAID 5) 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 

  • Hard drive: 6 or 8 SAS Disks - e.g. 4TB, Seagate Constellation ES.3, 24x7, 6Gb/s, 3.5", 7.200U./min.

See Also

Performance Optimization