I've noticed that some processes within MicroStation CONNECT (and thus, by extension, ORD) are still single-processor tasks. Amongst others, corridor processing, creating of drawings from named boundaries, element and model annotation, and plotting of PDFs from a pset file.
Is there a plan to redesign these processes to take advantage of all CPU cores? Even on a machine with the latest CPU, best GPU, SSD, and oodles of RAM, annotating cross-sections is unbearably slow. In the screenshot below, I'm running the Model Annotation tool, and it's evident that ORD is only using 1 out of my 6 cores. My previous machine had 8 slightly slower cores, which made things even worse.
Has anyone looked at this at all?
I have noticed this same issue on multiple different machines, even different brands with different hardware (quad core/6 core, etc.) and noticed that ORD almost always only ever uses one logical processor.
That is, on a six core machine that has two processors per core (12 processors total), only ~9% CPU utilisation occurs, and on a quad core machine with two logical processors (8 processors total) it only uses 13%. In the Resource Manager it is clear to see that ORD only uses one processor at a time, sometimes switching between processors (which is most likely due to the OS and not the program) but stops using the previous processor as it goes to a different one.
This is still happening in 2019 R2 Refresh.
I have waited for more than 30 mins while ORD sits at 13% CPU usage and 100% usage of one out of eight processors, where if the program was able to use all processing it would have been more like five minutes.
This should be fixed for ALL of the software and not just in dgns where large numbers of template drops exist. I am having the single processor bottleneck my software during all sorts of tasks including processing point cloud data, loading subsurface utilities, running drainage simulations and taking minutes to reiterate a corridor with a single complex template.
OpenRoads Designer would be a completely different program to use if it was able to utilise multi-core processing.
Excellent post - Drawing production speed for large models is one area that really needs it
OpenRoads Designer 2021 R2 (10.10) | Microstation CE Update 16.3 | ProjectWise CE 3.4
Processing Surveys with VBA Macros for Annotation is also painfully slow. I have not looked at processor usage, but I suspect it is no different than you are experiencing.
This needs to be addressed. Currently, a survey in InRoads V8i processes faster than it does in ORD.
Charles (Chuck) Rheault CADD Manager
MDOT State Highway Administration
I had talked with our IT guy about this once. He said it was due to Windows 7 being a 32 bit system and Windows 10 should resolve this. I have not looked at it since upgrading to 10. I will do that next time I bog it down. I have a few files with HUGE terrain and Imagery attachments.
Unfortunately you will see this change memory management, but not CPU usage. Most of us are already using 64-but systems and struggling with speed for larger data sets.