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Follow-up: Wildfire Conversion - Large Assembly


Follow-up: Wildfire Conversion - Large Assembly

I'm not concerned with disc storage as I am with physical memory. I'm
concerned about the extra information stored in Wildfire and the affects
that that will have on a large assy. If that larger model (2.5Gb) will
exceed the 3Gb/application memory cap of Windows. All discussions
yesterday were about "shading_lod wireframe" to save disc space, but no
discussions regarding physical memory. Anyone have anything to on WF2
physical memory requirements? Thanks.

Chris Rockhold
Payload Systems Inc.

RE: Follow-up: Wildfire Conversion - Large Assembly

64bit Windoze and a 64bit version of Pro/E is the fix. On thing I worry
about is that PTC not pounding on the beta 64 bit code. PTC wouldn't be
so ignorant as to use the 32bit core code with a 64bit translator. This
would negate any speed advantage which the USERS require. The other weak
point are the 64bit drivers for video cards, NIC and new stronger OS
security. Programs that run home to mama so to speak would be halted
because this is a security issues which PTC exploits at this time. My
Norton Firewall had to be configured to allow 2001 to send a message(s)
or it would fail to boot.

Now the down side... we probably won't see a released version of Windoze
Longhorn until next year. The only other easy way to cheat the NOT
Enough memory problem is to have Pro/E SMP aware where shared memory can
be available. The trouble is PTC has no plans to make an SMP aware
version of Pro/E, at least that I am aware of. I am not saying a fully
SMP compliant version. The difference being is an SMP aware program
would be able to share another slave processors recourses without
cheating the OS. When you cheat the OS you get memory leaks and crashes
due to the obvious ignoring of OS conventions and hooks into the OS.

Bottom line.. 64 bit Windoze is the where PTC will see the largest
migration. My hope is that PTC puts enough effort into making this a
smooth transition.

Ron Davis, Sr Mech Product Designer
Rackable Systems, Inc
San Jose, Ca. 95131

(510) 290-4567