EM simulations can be classified as high performance computing tasks. This means that computers used for CST applications should meet high requirements in terms of CPU, RAM, and graphical performance. Sufficient power supply and cooling also have to be ensured for the workstation. Thus, we strongly recommend buying a complete package from a brandname manufacturer, e.g. DELL, HP, or IBM.
We strongly recommend that the chosen hardware meets the following requirements. For a workstation/server without special acceleration features (i.e., GPU Computing or MPI Computing) we recommend:
The usage of special acceleration features (GPU Computing/MPI Computing) offered by CST Studio Suite® introduces additional requirements the hardware should meet. The Supported GPU Hardware Document lists the GPU cards supported for GPU Computing and also contains information about the requirements the host system needs to fulfill.
If you’re planning a larger hardware investment in high-end HPC hardware like a cluster system or a multi-socket server, i.e., a system with more than two CPU sockets, we strongly recommend that you contact us directly so that we can help you during the configuration process. Additionally, we offer benchmarking services in collaboration with the hardware test centers of the vendor of your choice for such high-end systems, to ensure that CST STUDIO SUITE runs fine in the desired hardware and software environment and delivers the performance that you expect.
Our hardware experts are available to review your desired hardware configuration and provide you with feedback and suggestions to improve the configuration.
CST Studio Suite is available for both Windows and Linux operating system families. To see which operating systems are supported by current and upcoming versions of CST Studio Suite, please see this document.