How are you using GeoTime?
The system requirements and recommendations for GeoTime depend greatly on the type of work being done with the software. GeoTime is increasingly used to analyze very large amounts of data. Some workflows that involve these data sources may require higher-performance hardware in order to ensure the best GeoTime experience.
GeoTime produces an interactive 3D picture of the data that you import. To allow users to interact with the data, GeoTime must keep all of that data in memory. Each time the “picture” is moved or changed, GeoTime has to redraw it. As the amount of data displayed with GeoTime increases, the more demand is put on the workstation to quickly redraw the picture every time it is changed. As a result, a machine that meets the minimum requirements to run GeoTime cannot support the resource demands caused by larger workloads. It is possible in some cases to reach a practical functional limit where GeoTime ceases to respond to commands in a reasonable time-frame.
Consider how your organization intends to use GeoTime prior to installation. A workstation configured to run only office applications and Internet browsers may have difficulty using GeoTime with larger data sets.
Which Requirement is Right for You?
The table below provides guidelines for three workstation configurations. Each configuration describes our recommendations for consistent performance at that level.
IMPORTANT:These guidelines are intended to help you determine the required performance level of your workstations. This involves the amount of data that will be typically used with GeoTime by your users. We describe this data in terms of “rows” in a spreadsheet that can be simultaneously loaded into GeoTime.These are just estimates!
Typically, each “row” in a spreadsheet becomes a single Event in GeoTime. If you are performing call record analysis, each cellular tower that is imported also counts as a “row.” If you have 4000 towers, and 4000 call Events, there are 8000 objects that GeoTime must manage. Due to the number of variables involved, Uncharted Software Inc. DOES NOT guarantee that performance will match or exceed the following estimates.
- Minimum: describes a workstation that can handle small amounts of data in GeoTime. (less than 10K rows)
- Better: describes a mid-range workstation that is capable of handling larger amounts of data, but not the largest data sets. (up to 75K rows)
- Best: a workstation capable of pushing GeoTime to its functional limits, with potentially hundreds of thousands of loaded Events. (more than 75K rows)