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Does SolidWorks Use Multi-Threading…..Yes!

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE created/updated January 31, 2011

One of the most common questions we receive is in regard to how SolidWorks uses processors that support Multi-Threading and if Multi-Threading should be enabled via a computers BIOS or not.

In addition to the well known advantages with Simulation and Rendering, other operations within SolidWorks that can take advantage of Multi-Threading include:

  • File Open
  • File Save
  • File Conversion
  • Boolean
  • Silhouettes
  • Line generation
  • Mass properties
  • Body check
  • User Interface Activities (dialog box interaction, redraw, etc…)
  • The Swbgproc.exe process which silently updates HLR drawing views to High quality from draft.

In prior releases with older P4 class machines it was suggested that Hyper-threading be disabled in the BIOS to streamline performance. With modern “Nahalem” processors (Core i3, i5 & i7) this additional step is not required.

Read more on multi-core processors & SolidWorks in Scott Durksen’s post here.

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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