Recommended Hardware for BIMcloud

by István Moharos · updated: 03.20.2017

In case more BIMcloud components are installed on the same computer, make sure that both system requirements are met.

Below there are example specifications for every components based on the number of active users. Note that the load on a BIMcloud does not only depend on this, but also on other factors, such as the size of the projects, usage characteristics or network bandwidth. If you need further help in choosing your hardware for BIMcloud get in touch with your local GRAPHISOFT reseller.

System requirements: BIMcloud 20, BIMcloud 19, BIMcloud 18

BIMcloud Manager

Specifications for BIMcloud Manager

Users 5-15 users 50 users 100 users
CPU Dual core 2.0+ GHz Dual core 2.4+ GHz Dual core 3.0+ GHz
RAM 4 GB 8 GB 8+ GB
Disk 100 GB
7200 RPM HDD
100 GB
SSD
100 GB
SSD
OS Desktop/Server Server Server

CPU

In case of CPU the most important feature is its clock speed. Basically, the more users and projects that are active the higher this clock speed should be. Using a 2 cores 64-bit CPU with high clock speed (2.4+ GHz) is recommended.

RAM

8 GB RAM is recommended.

Storage

5 GB disk space is required for the installation. Maintain the minimum of 50 GB of free space for standard operation.

BIMcloud Server

Specifications for BIMcloud Server

Users 5-15 users 50 users 100 users
CPU Quad core 2.0+ GHz 8 core 2.0+ GHz 8+ core 2.0+ GHz
RAM 16+ GB 32+ GB 64+ GB
Disk
Application disk 100+ GB
7200+ RPM HDD/SSD
100+ GB
SSD
100+ GB
SSD/SAN
Database disk
(for projects and libraries)
*
7200+ RPM HDD/SSD
*
SSD
*
SSD/SAN
Database disk IOPS 75-100+ 100-1000 1000+
OS Desktop/Server Server Server

* Make sure to calculate with the size of projects and libraries.

CPU

The BIMcloud Server component is less sensitive to CPU clock speed – but minimum 2.0 GHz – than the BIMcloud Manager, because it is capable of using as many cores as it is given. Using a 4 cores 64-bit CPU is recommended, but with more than 50 users who will be accessing the server at any time, 8 cores should be considered.

RAM

16 GB RAM for the BIMcloud Server is strongly recommended. On servers that are serving many Teamwork users or running large Teamwork projects having 32 GB can easily speed up the overall performance.

As a more specific calculation, use 2 GB plus 1.5 times as much RAM as the actively used projects’ size, which is approximately 4.5 times larger than a PLN (and actively used means used at the same time by Teamwork users). For example, if there is a 1 GB and two 3 GB size projects which are used on the same BIMcloud Server actively at the same time, then 2 + 1.5 x (1 + 2 x 3) = 12.5 >>> 16 GB RAM is recommended.

Storage

For the BIMcloud Server this is the most important factor, because the operations of this component are highly I/O intensive, which means the BIMcloud Server has to read and write many database files at the same time really fast. Consider using the fastest possible storage (SSD, RAID solutions etc.).

5 GB free disk space is required for the installation and 10 GB or more is required per active project. Maintain 100 GB of free space for standard operation.

Make sure that the disk meets the following conditions:

  • Minimum 100 MB/s read AND write speed. For example, 7200 rpm HDD is the minimum.
  • If the database files (projects, libraries, BlobCache) are stored on a separated disk then the above mentioned speed must be able to handled by the connecting cable. For example, if the disk is an external disk which is connected with a common 1 Gbit Ethernet cable, it can handle circa 125 MB/s. Divided it into two parts (read+write) means the cable can handle 62 MB/s read and write speed maximum, which is NOT enough for the proper operation of BIMcloud.
  • The disk must be started and mounted before BIMcloud starts.
  • In case of external disk, the disk must have an own power supply. For example, getting power through an USB cable is NOT recommended.

BIMcloud Delta Cache

Specifications for BIMcloud Delta Cache

Users 5-15 users 50 users 100 users
CPU Dual core 2.0+ GHz Quad core 2.0+ GHz Quad core 2.0+ GHz
RAM 8 GB 16 GB 16+ GB
Disk 100+ GB
7200+ RPM HDD/SSD
100+ GB
SSD
100+ GB
SSD
OS Desktop/Server Server Server

CPU

64-bit CPU with 4 cores or more is recommended.

RAM

16 GB or more is recommended.

Storage

The speed of the storage is as important for the BIMcloud Delta Cache as for the BIMcloud Server, so consider the recommendations explained there.

5 GB free disk space is required for the installation and 50 GB is required for the caches (default settings).

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