System requirements/recommendations

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31 May, 2018 07:11 PM

Our SAR unit may be doing a laptop upgrade soon. I wonder what you think the most important pieces of hardware are for a zippy SARtopo experience? Our current laptop takes absolute ages to get a server started (3+ minutes on first run), but my MacBook Pro takes a few seconds.

I'm guessing an SSD would be important. After that, anything else particularly important? What does SARTopo's memory cap usually set to?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by matt on 01 Jun, 2018 02:30 AM

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    What is your current laptop? That sounds atrociously bad, like to the point where there must be some issue with the SARTopo configuration and not just the hardware. The only time I've run into similarly slow times was trying to run on a raspberry pi years ago; at least then, it seems like there were some inefficiencies in the ARM JVM, probably around image handling.

    SSD will definitely help but it shouldn't be necessary; I used to run the app and statewide maps on a USB spinning drive before compact flash prices came down. It's still common to run it off a thumbdrive, which operates at speeds well below an SSD.

    I've always told people "any reasonably modern machine", although your experience would seem to counteract that. The start start script gives the JVM 1GB, which is mostly necessary for generating large PDFs.

  2. 2 Posted by nate.berkopec on 01 Jun, 2018 01:50 PM

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    It's maybe a 5-year-old Windows laptop. Could just be a crappy old Celeron
    inside, I haven't checked. It probably does help that we have 100GB+ of

    Thanks for the reply though. I'll just get some decent hardware and I think
    it'll be fine.

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