MATLAB Optimised Desktop Platform

Alex Mags
Some of our the desktop hardware used by researchers was getting to end of life. Simulations within MATLAB required more RAM. Our desktops ground to a halt when simulations exceeded physical RAM and the OS began swapping pages of memory to disk. The desktops had 16GB and 32GB of RAM but researchers wanted 64GB. Upgrading desktops to 64GB RAM would cost £3000 per PC. £500 for RAM and £2500 for Workstation class hardware (Intel Xeon required to accommodate >32GB RAM) To pick a new MATLAB desktop hardware platform I profiled the application using SysInternal Process Monitor to expose how the app used CPU, RAM and the Network interface.