Hardware Recommendation Guide

CPU, RAM, Video Cards, and Storage Recommendations for KINGDOM Workstations


Recommendations: CPU : RAM : Video Card : Storage

CPU Recommendations

The optimal amount of RAM need varies depending on how large your project is. For example, if you have a large project, with KINGDOM x64, you should have 8GB of RAM and a Quad Core CPU. On the other hand, if you had the KINGDOM x32, you should have at least 4 GB of RAM and two Dual Core CPUs.

SMT Hardware Recommendation

Project Size

KINGDOM x64 Version

KINGDOM x32 Version

Large Regional Projects

16 GB RAM
Quad Core CPU

Not Recommended

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Large Projects

8 GB RAM
Quad Core CPU

4 GB RAM
Quad Core CPU

Special Offer: HP Z400 Workstation (12 GB RAM). Buy or 36-Month Lease - $3,013/$95


Small Projects

4 GB RAM
Quad Core CPU

4 GB RAM
Quad Core CPU

Special Offer: HP Z400 Workstation (6 GB RAM). Buy or 36-Month Lease - $2,230/$77


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RAM Recommendations

The amount of RAM needed to run KINGDOM can vary depending on how big your project is, how many wells you have, and a host of other variables. SMT recommends a minimum of 4GB of RAM to run KINGDOM. For large, regional projects, we recommend at least 16GB of RAM. We have also designed the calculator below to help you estimate your requirements. However, this is not a definitive assessment of RAM for your environment. SMT Services, working with your IT team, can help define an accurate picture of the needs in your environment.

Note: For newer machines, RAM is now often sold in 6GB units. For example, instead of 16GB RAM machines may come with 18GB RAM.

RAM Calculator

The units for each input are shown in parenthesis. The columns “Large” and “Small” represent values that may be typical in those projects of that size.

The large and small column inputs are not meant as upper or lower bounds for calculator input, but merely as examples. You can enter whatever value is correct for your environment.

Inputs     Large  Small

Timeslice
 
  Number of In Lines (In Thousands):
9
1
  Number of Cross Lines (In Thousands):
11
3
Grid Parameters

  Number of Cells in Grid (In Millions):
100
1
  Number of Input Pts for Grid Calculations (In Thousands):
  100000
10
Vertical Seismic Display

  Max Number of Traces for Inlines or Xlines (In Thousands):
9
3
  Number of Samples Per Trace (In Thousands):
3
3
Other Parameters

  Size of Largest Contour File (In MBs):
40
16
  Number of Surface Picks (In Thousands):
1000
10
  Number of Wells (In Thousands):
300
60
  Number of Lines to Cache:
10
10
  Number of Windows Open at Once:
10
3

Minimum Recommended RAM: GB


Video Card Recommendations

Two features available in KINGDOM versions 8.3 and later affect video card requirements. Volume co-blending (VuPAK) and shaded relief (2d3dPAK) take advantage of some of the new functions available in updated graphics libraries. Framebuffer Objects, a relatively new extension to OpenGL, is needed to make these two functions display properly.

Development and testing for VuPAK was done utilizing Nvidia Quadro FX3700, FX3800, FX4600, FX 4800, FX 5600 & FX5800 Video Cards with 768 MB and greater of Graphics Memory.

When shopping for a video card, look for a card that has:

  • OpenGL 2.1 or higher
  • DirectX 9.0 or higher
  • Shader Support 2.1 or higher
  • At least 512 MB RAM (at a minimum - of course, more is better)

If you are unsure if your video card can meet these specifications, run a test program like OpenGLViewer (included with the DVD, or it can be downloaded from here).

For example in the screen shot below, you can see that this video card with an older driver only has 66% of the core features needed for OpenGL 2.1.

Web Broswer Image Video Cared with Updated Driver
Video Card with old driver

After updating to a new driver, the same video card now supports all features of OpenGL 2.1

Web Browser Image Video Card with Old Driver
Video Card with updated driver

VuPAK does not require the latest shader models and GPU functionality, but it does perform best with greater memory and faster processing speeds. However, even a moderately priced or older GPU can support VuPAK if it has shader support and the software running it is up-to-date.

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