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Recommended Hardware for BIMcloud

Istvan Moharos
Graphisoft
Graphisoft
Related version: from 2020.2 Below there are example specifications for every components based on the number of active users. Note that the load on a BIMcloud does not only depend on this, but also on other factors, such as the size of the projects, usage characteristics or network bandwidth. If you need further help in choosing your hardware for BIMcloud get in touch with your local GRAPHISOFT reseller. In case more BIMcloud components are installed on the same computer, make sure that both system requirements are met.

BIMcloud Manager

Specifications for BIMcloud Manager

Firm size Small Medium Large
Users ~5-15 active users ~15-50 active users  ~50+ active users
CPU 2+ cores 2.2+ GHz 4+ cores 2.5+ GHz 4+ cores 2.8+ GHz
RAM 4+ GB 8-16 GB 16+ GB
Application disk SSD SSD SSD
NVMe/SATA NVMe/SATA NVMe/ Enterprise Solutions
100+ GB of free space above hosted data 100+ GB of free space above hosted data 100+ GB of free space above hosted data
OS Desktop/Server Server Server

Windows S. 2016 Windows S. 2019 Windows 10
macOS 10.14+

Windows S. 2016 Windows S. 2019
macOS 10.14+

Windows S. 2016 Windows S. 2019
macOS 10.14+

CPU

In case of CPU the most important feature is its clock speed. Basically, the more users and projects that are active the higher this clock speed should be. Using a 4 cores 64-bit CPU with high clock speed (2.5+ GHz) is recommended.

RAM

Depending on the number of active teamwork users, 8-16 GB RAM is recommended. The more teamwork projects the users are working on the more memory must be allocated for the BIMcloud Manager.

Storage

5 GB disk space is required for the installation. Maintain the minimum of 50 GB of free space for standard operation.

BIMcloud Server

Specifications for BIMcloud Server

Firm size Small Medium Large
Users ~5-15 active users ~15-50 active users  ~50+ active users
CPU 4+ cores 2.2+ GHz 8+ cores 2.2+ GHz 8+ cores 2.2+ GHz
RAM 16+ GB 32+ GB 64+ GB
Application disk SSD SSD SSD
NVMe/SATA NVMe/SATA NVMe/ Enterprise Solutions
100+ GB of free space above hosted data 100+ GB of free space above hosted data 100+ GB of free space above hosted data
Database disk (for project files and libraries) SSD SSD SSD
NVMe/SATA NVMe/SATA NVMe/ Enterprise Solutions
OS Desktop/Server Server Server

Windows S. 2016 Windows S. 2019 Windows 10
macOS 10.14+

Windows S. 2016 Windows S. 2019
macOS 10.14+

Windows S. 2016 Windows S. 2019
macOS 10.14+

* Make sure to calculate with the size of projects and libraries.

CPU

The BIMcloud Server component is less sensitive to CPU clock speed - but minimum 2.2 GHz - than the BIMcloud Manager, because it is capable of using as many cores as it is given. Using a 4 cores 64-bit CPU is recommended, but with more than 50 users who will be accessing the server at any time, 8 cores should be considered.

RAM

16 GB RAM for the BIMcloud Server is strongly recommended. On servers that are serving many Teamwork users or running large Teamwork projects having 32 GB can easily speed up the overall performance. As a more specific calculation, use 2 GB plus 1.5 times as much RAM as the actively used projects' size, which is approximately 4.5 times larger than a PLN (and actively used means used at the same time by Teamwork users). For example, if there is a 1 GB and two 3 GB size projects which are used on the same BIMcloud Server actively at the same time, then 2 + 1.5 x (1 + 2 x 3) = 12.5 >>> 16 GB RAM is recommended.

Storage

For the BIMcloud Server this is the most important factor, because the operations of this component are highly I/O intensive, which means the BIMcloud Server has to read and write many database files at the same time really fast. Consider using the fastest possible storage (SSD, RAID solutions etc.). 5 GB free disk space is required for the installation and 10 GB or more is required per active project.  As BIMcloud is transformed into a centralized data exchange and project-file management tool it will require additional storage space above the recommended 100 GB free space and the hosted project data. 5 GB free disk space is required for the installation and 10 GB or more is required per active project.  BIMcloud requires at least 100 GB free space above the hosted project data. Make sure that the disk meets the following conditions:
  • Minimum 100 MB/s read AND write speed. For example a SATA SSD is a minimum.
  • If the database files (projects, libraries, BlobCache) are stored on a separated disk then the above mentioned speed must be able to handled by the connecting cable. For example, if the disk is an external disk which is connected with a common 1 Gbit Ethernet cable, it can handle circa 125 MB/s. Divided it into two parts (read+write) means the cable can handle 62 MB/s read and write speed maximum, which is NOT enough for the proper operation of BIMcloud.
  • The disk must be started and mounted before BIMcloud starts.
  • In case of external disk, the disk must have an own power supply. For example, getting power through an USB cable is NOT recommended.

BIMcloud Delta Cache

Specifications for BIMcloud Delta Cache

Firm size Small Medium Large
Users ~5-15 active users ~15-50 active users  ~50+ active users
CPU 4+ cores 2.2+ GHz 4+ cores 2.2+ GHz 4+ cores 2.2+ GHz
RAM 8 GB 16 GB 16+ GB
Application disk SSD SSD SSD
NVMe/SATA NVMe/SATA NVMe/ Enterprise Solutions
100+ GB of free space above hosted data 100+ GB of free space above hosted data 100+ GB of free space above hosted data
OS Desktop/Server Server Server

Windows S. 2016 Windows S. 2019 Windows 10
macOS 10.13+

Windows S. 2016 Windows S. 2019
macOS 10.13+

Windows S. 2016 Windows S. 2019
macOS 10.13+

CPU

64-bit CPU with 4 cores or more is recommended.

RAM

16 GB or more is recommended.

Storage

The speed of the storage is as important for the BIMcloud Delta Cache as for the BIMcloud Server, so consider the recommendations explained there. 5 GB free disk space is required for the installation and 50 GB is required for the caches (default settings).

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