Getting lots of pressure from the people who sign the checks to resolve this quickly...
I need to build a system to run a 3D modeling program called ETemplate (detailed info at http://www.etemplatesystem.com/
). Basically we upload a series of 20 to 50 pictures of an object to the ETemplate program, the program buzzes and whirs and creates a 3D model of the object that we then enter into a CAD program to work with. Right now we've got the program running on an ASUS Pundit-R (3.2Ghz P4, 2 GB RAM, integrated ATI Radeon 9100 graphics card)... if we run one session (i'm calling the process from when we start the picture upload until it creates the 3D model a session) it runs up into 65 to 75% CPU utilization and typically takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete. If we run 2 sessions, it maxes out the CPU utilization at 100% and I start pushing 30 to 45 minutes. Our workload has just gone through the roof with no signs of slowing and my ETemplate user (and his boss) are really pushing hard to be able to run up to 4 sessions concurrently. Yikes!
I've spoken with the tech support at ETemplate and they say that they designed the software with the intention of only one session going at a time and that my current set-up is much more powerful than their typical user already. That said, I'm getting pressure from all sides to create a bigger, badder machine that can handle the workload better.
So... suggestions of how you would build this system would be most appreciated. **I've only put together one PC and the components were pre-picked... so please give me the 'for dummies' version including all components that you'd recommend.**