Does a machine that sits under my desk and is used for electromagnetics simulation work (one at a time) count as a desktop?Post your 12, 16, 24, or 32 GB desktop machines (no servers). What do you do with that much memory?
The problem is with basically any 3D simulation work, the overall model complexity follows a cubic relationship to the mesh pitch and ram requirements are basically proportional to model complexity (the software can use disk instead but it slows to a crawl if it has to). So they can basically eat up as much memory as you can throw at them.I had no idea mag sims required so much memory.
What work you do that requires 12GB+ ram? Windows 7 and recent Linux kernels (2.6+) are pretty good about recycling memory without rebooting.
Hey come on, don't throw a wrench in my excuse for more memory on my next build with all that logic.
Running two or three VMs on my workstation, while doing a lot of multitasking work causes me to run out of memory on occasion. Sure, with swapping and what-not optimizations it still runs smoothly, although I have had VMWare pop up and complain sometimes. The reboot part is just compulsive after having those occasional VMWare hangs while I was gone for a few hours.
I do similar things with ramdrives. I currently store the Second Life cache in it. Helps a lot when inworld.I use a 4GB Photoshop scratch/RAMDisk out of my 16GB. It's where all my internet temp files, as well as system wide temps are. Opening up PS CS 5 64-bit in that environment is greased lightning and having a boat-load of high rez images open, think folders worth, is not a big deal. It's a nice luxury to have.