I’ve been using workstations for more than 10 years and love finding ways to get more performance from my system. With demanding professional applications that require more power each year, engineers and designers also need to keep up and stay productive.
That’s why I’m very excited to be involved with the Dell Precision Performance Optimizer, or DPPO. It’s one of our newest tools for Precision Workstations featuring Intel ® Xeon ® processors. DPPO is built around three pillars: Automatic Performance Optimization, System Maintenance, and Tracking & Reporting. It can help your system achieve optimum performance for the software you use without upgrading any hardware. Having DPPO on your system is like having an IT pro always on hand to ensure your Intel ® Xeon ® processor-based workstation is performing at its peak.
We know applications such as Autodesk Maya, PTC Creo, Dassault SolidWorks, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, and Media Encoder don’t always follow a “one size fits all” approach. Hence, tweaking a number of hardware and software parameters can directly benefit the user experience. The beauty of the Automatic Performance Optimization module is that it does this automatically.
The Dell Precision performance lab uses industry standard benchmarks, such as SPECapc Creo, SPECapc Maya, and SPECapc Solidworks, as well as the integrated SolidWorks performance test, to determine optimal performance in many use cases. Performance enhancements include increases in graphics composite scores of up to 57 percent in SolidWorks and 26 percent in Creo.
Many features within the BIOS, operating system, and drivers are compared and adjusted to determine an application profile. The profile contains settings specific to performance and optimization of a particular application. Once the profile is activated and the corresponding application is started, DPPO will change the system to the optimal configuration automatically. You select the profile for the application you are using, and DPPO takes it from there.
With DPPO, you also know that your system will always be up to date. More than just getting updates to the operating system, the System Maintenance module provides the latest drivers and firmware for all the hardware components you have -- you can even determine when you want updates and for which parts of your system.
With the Tracking and Reporting module, information such as the amount of free memory, Intel ® processor utilization, and even thermal sensor data is all available over a custom timeframe. You (or your IT department) can get a fully detailed system report while your workstation is compiling code or rendering frames. DPPO lets you get a glimpse under the hood during the most important times you are utilizing your workstation.
We are very excited to offer the Dell Precision Performance Optimizer to our Precision Workstation customers. We’d also like to hear your feedback so feel free to write something in the comments section below our blog. What application profiles would you like to see next? What else would you like DPPO to monitor and report? How does it work in your environment?
Trey Morton has been involved with the workstation segment for 17 years, and has been at Dell for almost 10 years. He currently supports Precision ISV Certification in the End User Computing Solutions group.
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