RunRev Specs - Upgrading System

Andre Garzia andre at andregarzia.com
Wed Aug 25 10:35:43 CDT 2010


Ray,

I am also experiencing chokes but not specific to Revolution. My machine has
2GB of RAM as well. I believe Mac OS X no longer thinks 2GB of RAM is
enough. I suspect I need at least 4 GB for smooth work.

Andre

On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 12:08 PM, Ray Horsley <ray at linkit.com> wrote:

> André, Mark,
>
> Thanks for these suggestions.  I've worked on Macs for years but I'm
> thinking of switching to Windows 7.  I understand it's been received more
> warmly than Vista and as I'm spending more time switching back and forth to
> make sure colors and fonts look reasonably the same in my standalone on
> Windows as they do on my Mac I'm considering the switch.
>
> For the last 4-5 years I'm on a Mac with 4 cores running at 2.66 with 2 GB
> of DDR2 RAM.  I'm thinking of stepping up to an i7 with 6 cores running at
> 3.3 GHz with 12 GB of RAM.  My work doesn't involve video rendering or
> anything special.  It's simply a lot of processing data and moving it to and
> from a remote server.  Recently I've noticed Revolution choking and
> ultimately freezing on very heavy tasks, sometimes to the point that I'm
> forced to log back in.  This could be due to just 2 GB of DDR2 RAM or maybe
> it could be points on my aging processor burning out.
>
> Anyway, if you know of any issues with Revolution and Windows 7 on a 64 bit
> machine then please let me know.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Ray
>
>
> On Aug 25, 2010, at 9:38 AM, Andre Garzia wrote:
>
>  Ray,
>>
>> I don't think Rev is optmized for 64 bits or multiple cores. If the host
>> system does some optimizations then it will benefit but then again,
>> everyone
>> will benefit.
>>
>> I don't know if you're talking about windows, mac or linux on this post
>> but
>> double check if there is no issue with Windows 64 bits and Rev. Windows
>> compatibility stuff for running 32 bits stuff under a 64 bits system is
>> not
>> as good as apples (so they say).
>>
>> I think the best thing you can have for development is a HUGE OBSCENE
>> AMOUNT
>> OF RAM.
>>
>> RAM is king! RAM trumps Gigaherts! RAM trumps CPU! This is subjective, but
>> I'd rather have a core 2 duo with 8 GB of ram than a i5 with 2 GB of RAM.
>>
>> Unless you are doing heavy number crunching and video processing will be
>> more delayed by your system abilities to use memory (paging stuff to disk,
>> all those silly software allocating 2GB of RAM, yes firefox, I am looking
>> at
>> you) than by CPU being busy. It is my humble opinion that somewhere after
>> pentium 3 or near, CPUs got so freaking fast that they usually wait for
>> you
>> or other subsystems instead of you waiting for them to process something.
>> My
>> machine is quite fast with its core 2 duo but with only 2GB of RAM, I
>> loose
>> too much time and performance when running virtualbox and browsers and
>> IDEs
>> at the same time.
>>
>> You can never have enough RAM. If you have the money, check out how much
>> maximum RAM your computer support and top it. You will not be sorry and if
>> things go all right then you won't even notice anything because things
>> will
>> run smooth.
>>
>> Also multiple cores are wonderful, use as many as you can. Rev engine is
>> not
>> optimized for multicore usage but the rest of your operating system is so
>> there's a benefit.
>>
>> Here on my work, one of our servers is a Dual Hexacore beast, so you got
>> 12
>> cores working, with HT then you got 24 threads available. That is quite
>> fast
>> with its 48GB of RAM. Of course this is a server and not a desktop machine
>> but even though the cores are not too fast, having a lot of RAM and 24
>> threads beats CPU raw power and speed.
>>
>> On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 10:23 AM, Ray Horsley <ray at linkit.com> wrote:
>>
>>  Greetings,
>>>
>>> Anybody know if Revolution uses 64 bit processing?  Also, does Revolution
>>> make use of multiple cores?  In other words, would Revolution take
>>> advantage
>>> of features like an i7 3.33 gig processor?  Please make any other
>>> suggestions regarding the optimal system for speed when working in
>>> Revolution and making lots of LibURL calls
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Ray Horsley
>>> LinkIt! Software
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