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Is my computer too dinky for BEopt?

asked 2019-10-07 15:23:37 -0600

Emcalvin's avatar

updated 2021-01-25 11:30:39 -0600

I have an Inspiron 3180 2109 with 4 gigabits installed Ram and a processor described as AMD E2-9000e RADEON R2, 4 COMPUTE CORES 2C+2G, 1500 Mhz, 2 cores. (I normally use Mac and have a cheap PC for non-apple uses.)

Trying to use newly-installed BEopt and it is waaaaayyyy slow. I checked the site and only saw "windows" as the listed system requirement. Do I need a different computer or more Ram or....? Dying to get into this software, so any help would be much appreciated.

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Potato comment was super helpful for me ;-) and I've now replaced the computer. Thanks!

Emcalvin's avatar Emcalvin  ( 2019-10-11 13:36:02 -0600 )edit

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answered 2019-10-08 10:38:53 -0600

updated 2019-10-09 10:27:39 -0600

Your processor is a just a little bit better than a potato and is below the minimum system requirements needed to run OpenStudio/EnergyPlus, which is part of the backend of BEopt.

Here are two related questions on recommended system specifications:

What is the best hardware setup to minimize run time?

What amount of system resources are required to run OpenStudio?.

Your first priority should be to get a faster CPU, then a solid state drive, then more RAM if you are running multiple simulations in parallel. That probably means a new computer. For a cheap system that can run OS, check out logicalincrements or the refurbished section of an online store like Newegg.

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Thanks so much for the straight advice, I laughed out loud at the potato. I'll be shopping for something used on Newegg.

Emcalvin's avatar Emcalvin  ( 2019-10-08 12:00:11 -0600 )edit

Is the first link a real OpenStudio (NREL) website? I see stuff about teacher payments.

Luis Lara's avatar Luis Lara  ( 2019-10-08 16:40:51 -0600 )edit

"Your processor is a just a little bit better than a potato" hahaha

Julien Marrec's avatar Julien Marrec  ( 2019-10-09 05:23:38 -0600 )edit

@luis-lara it's not an NREL website - I just did a google search for OpenStudio system requirements. Apparently its for a different software also called OpenStudio so I removed the link.

mdahlhausen's avatar mdahlhausen  ( 2019-10-09 10:28:29 -0600 )edit

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