Which components can I strengthen to make Skatter run faster?


#1

I’m interested in knowing which components in my PC (between the RAM, CPU, and GPU) I can improve to allow SU and Skatter to run faster and smoother. Currently, when I try to Skatter large fields w/ proxies, it can lag pretty badly.

Current PC specs:
CPU—Intel Xeon @ 3.4Ghz
RAM—32 GB
GPU—Nvidia Quadro K600


#2

More RAM will allow to scatter more objects before SketchUp crashes. If this never happens to you, 32GB should be fine.
A faster CPU will make Skatter compute faster.


#3

This is what I was thinking. SU rarely crashes due to Skatter. Compute time is the biggest issue.

Does Skatter use multi-core CPU’s well? Or is this more dependent on SU?
Would a jump from 3.4 Ghz to something in 4 Ghz range make a notable difference?

Thanks!


#4

Skatter v1 is single-threaded. So indeed a faster clock-speed will improve a little bit.
But note that v2 will be heavily multi-threaded and will take advantage of all available cores (on top of numerous optimizations)


#5

Thank you for the information. Is V2 set to be released soon?


#6

No we don’t have an ETA yet. Still a lot to do :slight_smile: