|InfoWorks ICM v6.5.2 (Build 13012) is now available for user download|
|ICM Workgroup Client||Innovyze Workgroup Client 126.96.36.19912 Setup (x86 and x64)|
|ICM Remote Agent||Innovyze Remote Agent 188.8.131.5212 Setup (x64 only)|
|Workgroup Data Server||Innovyze Workgroup Data Server 184.108.40.20612 Setup (x86 and x64)|
|Compatible 32-bit OS:||Desktop: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows 10
Server: Windows Server 2008 R2
|Compatible 64-bit OS:||Desktop: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows 10
Server: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012
|Prerequisites:||Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0 (must be full install, not client profile)|
|Hardware Requirements:||CPU Speed: 2.2 GHz minimum or higher; Hyper-threading (HHT) or Multi-core recommended. Processor: Intel Core i3, i5, i7 or Xeon Processors; SSE2 (or greater). Memory/RAM: 4 GB minimum, at least 8Gb recommended. Screen Resolution: 1440 x 900 recommended or higher at Normal size (96dpi). Disk Space: 720 MB of free space to accommodate all installation files. Additional disk space needed for database and/or temporary working files. Keep at least 50Gb of disk space available for results files. Virtual memory system needs additional free disk space when working on large models. Video/Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce, Quadro, NVS and TESLA GPU cards supported for 2D Simulations. Only TESLA cards are supported for simulations conducted on remote hosts (needs very latest NVidia drivers). Networking Hardware: Simple TCP/IP, Network Card or Microsoft Loopback Adapter is required for the Dongle License Manager and Remote Simulation/Meshing connections.|
|Software Authentication Choice|
|Software Key||Local Licence Key or Floating Licence Key served by a Floating Licence Manager.|
|Hardware Lock (Dongle)||Local USB Dongle (Sentinel Pro, HASP HL Max) or a Network USB Dongle (HASP HL Net) for LAN/WAN installations.|
|Compatible GIS:||ESRI ArcGIS 9.3, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2 or 10.3 (Check your PC ability to run ArcGIS)
MapInfo Professional 10.5 or above
|Compatible Database:||Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008 or 2012; Oracle RDBMS v9i, v10g or v11g|
The Model Build Process is where lots of RAM is required, particularly when using GIS layers in the GeoPlan or if the model contains a significant number of polygons. For regular 1D models, 2Gb of available RAM is usually more than enough (remember that the OS usually needs around 1.5Gb for itself, so a sensible spec for a machine would be at least 4Gb RAM). If models contain 2D meshes, the RAM requirements can grow substantially, especially for generating meshes in excess of 1,000,000 triangles, so 8Gb would be a good starting point for 2D modelling.
Simulation speed is entirely dependent on how many processors the computer has, the clock speed of the processors and how many cores each processor contains. All InfoWorks ICM Simulations are multi-core aware and have been tested up to 32 cores. Simulations will consume 90% to 100% of the resources available, unless you explicitly restrict/limit the number of threads that can be utilised. For the very best all round results use the latest Intel (i.e. Core-i7 or multi-core Xeon) processor and install at least 8Gb of RAM. As a general rule, the more cores your Workstation/Server has the better, although the gains for 1D simulations do start to tail off once you reach 12 cores.
The 1D Simulation engine in InfoWorks ICM is very efficient and needs very little RAM. Even for quite large models you’ll only need 100’s of Megabytes of RAM for the Simulation, not Gigabytes. However, Water Quality Simulations require significantly more memory resources than basic hydraulic calculations, as do any 2D simulations.
The network speed and bandwidth between the data store, the Remote Agent running simulations, and the local client running InfoWorks ICM is critical. Anything less than a Gigabit connection and you run the risk of file and results transfers being rather slow. The files associated with ICM are no different to any other dataset. They are a mixture of binary and text files. If a set of results is 4Gb in size, it will take just as long to move around the network as any other 4Gb file would from any other type of application.
Innovyze have written a number of Blogs on configuring systems to give best performance with ICM. Some posts that might be of particular interest are:
- A typical set-up for InfoWorks ICM
- Is RAM important for InfoWorks ICM Simulations?
- Which GPU card is best for InfoWorks ICM?
- Monitoring GPU card performance during InfoWorks ICM 2D runs
- Map Control in InfoWorks
- Setting up Simulation Servers for InfoWorks ICM
- Fixed and Floating licences for InfoWorks ICM
Simulations and runtimes
- Optimum configurations for InfoWorks ICM Simulations
- Runtime comparisons for 2D models in InfoWorks ICM
- Why is it so difficult to predict run times in 1D/2D models?
- Powerful Simulation Options in InfoWorks ICM
- InfoWorks Simulations (32-bit vs. 64-bit)