- Parallel Processing (PP): UcamX’ ability to divide a single software task between several CPUs of a workstation.
- Multiple Ucam software engines running in parallel on different CPUs in background. Note that the number of parallel processes is a licensed option.
- Available in a variety of Parallel Processing modes.
- Dedicated Parallel Processing installer section.
- Scalable to match current and future hardware configurations and performance level required.
- Current-day processor technology is towards multiple CPUs working in parallel on a workstation rather than increasing processor speed.
- UcamX core software engine rewritten to take advantage of this hardware trend.
- Processor-intensive algorithms completely redesigned to be able to address multiple CPUs.
- Intensive number-crunching CAM tasks finish more quickly
- Operator waiting time for functions to complete significantly reduced
- Overall throughput is increased
Multiple engines running in parallel in background
- At UcamX startup one single engine is started.
- When in need for extra calculating power, main engine can start up auxiliary engines and delegates the work to be done (WP1, WP2, … WPn).
- When finished, auxiliary engine returns its result to main engine.
- When all auxiliary engines finish, main engine makes the final results available in UcamX.
- Completely transparent in use.
- User continues to operate his software the way he has always done.
- No need for extra operator training.
Modes and UcamX Installer
- To match UcamX to its hardware, different Parallel Processing modes are available:
- PP1 for legacy 32 bit systems – no parallel processsing functionality.
- PP2, PP3, PP4,… licensed add-on high-performance parallel processing modes for 64 bit systems with multiple cores.
- UcamX installer allows to install up to 3 different Parallel Processing modes, resulting in multiple UcamX startup icons after installation.
- UcamX startup window and title bar reports the PP+ mode is being used.
- Legacy 32 bit hardware usable with UcamX.
- No hardware investment required.
Scalability and Performance
- Higher PP modes yield higher performance. Benchmark test results included.
- No software-imposed limit on the maximum number of Parallel Processes.
- Currently practical ceiling set to PP32.
- Ready to grow with changing needs and hardware developments