System requirements

System requirements for Autodesk Nastran In-CAD 

 

Issue

This article provides the system requirements for Autodesk® Nastran® In-CAD 2017.

Solution

There are no special hardware requirements for Autodesk Nastran In-CAD beyond those imposed by Windows.  The table below shows the minimum, budget and high-end requirements for workstations and laptops necessary to achieve maximum performance with Autodesk Nastran In-CAD. 

Workstation System Requirements

  Minimum Workstation Budget Workstation High-End Workstation
Computer, CPU Intel® Pentium or AMD®-based Intel Core i5/i7 – Dual or Quad Core at high clock speed Dual Intel Xeon® Quad-core CPUs at high clock speed (3.5+ GHz) or single Xeon 8-core CPU at high clock speed (2.8+ GHz)
Memory, RAM 2 GB 8 GB 32+ GB
Graphics Card 256 MB workstation video card 1 GB dedicated video card 2+ GB NVIDIA® Quadro K4000 or similar
Hard Disk 40 GB free space 1 TB SATA 7200RPM and 256GB SSD for temp files 2 TB SATA 7200RPM and 512GB SSD for temp files
Note: High write speed is critical (at least 400MB/sec is good)
Network Card Required for network installation with FlexLM licensing Required for network installation with FlexLM licensing Required for network installation with FlexLM licensing
Operating System Windows 7 SP1 64-bit Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8 Professional 64-bit, Windows 10 Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8 Professional 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit
 

Laptop System Requirements

  Minimum Laptop Budget Laptop High-End Laptop
Computer, CPU Intel Pentium or AMD-based Intel Core i5 – Dual or Quad Core at high clock speed Intel Core i7 – Dual or Quad Core at high clock speed
Memory, RAM 2 GB 4 GB 16+ GB
Graphics Card 256 MB workstation video card 1 GB dedicated video card 2+ GB NVIDIA or equivalent ATI
Hard Disk 40 GB free space 1 TB SATA 7200RPM 512 GB or 1 TB SATA
Note: High write speed is critical (at least 400MB/sec is good)
Network Card Required for network installation with FlexLM licensing Required for network installation with FlexLM licensing Required for network installation with FlexLM licensing
Operating System Windows 7 SP1 64-bit Windows 7 SP1 64-bit,  Windows 8 Professional 64-bit, Windows 10 Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8 Professional 64-bit, Windows 10

There are many types of hardware that will allow you to use Autodesk Nastran In-CAD. Proper choice of hardware however, can often make the difference between frustration and productivity. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Add more memory (RAM) above the minimum configuration. This will allow you to specify more memory for the Autodesk Nastran In-CAD and reduce the likelihood of memory thrashing (excessive paging of virtual memory to disk).
  • Required hard disk space is difficult to estimate, but in general you will never have enough. This is especially true when running large models. If you are continuously running out of disk space, you may want to invest in a larger and faster hard disk. Disk compression software may also help, but may also degrade performance.
  • Purchase or upgrade to the latest versions of Windows. The improvements in performance and reliability will more than outweigh the initial cost - even if you only use Autodesk Nastran In-CAD occasionally.