Organization of the Benchmarks
The Abaqus benchmark suite is designed with the intent of providing users of Abaqus information about how Abaqus will perform on various hardware platforms available on the market. As different Abaqus jobs will stress the hardware in different ways, providing a benchmark suite that is both comprehensive and relatively easy to understand is a challenging task. In order to make good use of the data on this page, users should be careful to understand how the benchmarks are organized and to use data that is representative of their problems.
There are two basic variables a user needs to consider when looking at benchmarks. The first is the type of Abaqus job. Different Abaqus jobs stress hardware in different ways. A user running eigenvalue analyses with Abaqus/Standard will want to focus on different aspects of a hardware purchase than a user running an electronics drop test with Abaqus/Explicit. The second variable a user must consider is the type of hardware being considered. In the following section the basic categories of Abaqus job and hardware used in presenting benchmark data are described.