LightTools Hardware/Operating System Requirements

For additional information on specific platforms and hardware requirements, or for software pricing information, call us or send mail to lighttools_support@synopsys.com.

Supported CPUs

  • Intel and AMD processors supporting SSE2 (such as Intel Core, Intel Atom, AMD Athlon 64, etc.)
  • To get maximum performance from multi-threaded simulations, we recommend 4 to 16 CPU cores. LightTools simulation performance scales well with the number of cores, so a computer with 12 or 16 cores can secure an almost linear increase in performance.
  • If Intel Hyper-Threading Technology is available on your computer, enabling it will further increase multi-threaded simulation performance.

 

Supported Microsoft Windows Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 64-bit with Service Pack 1 (SP1)             
  • Windows 10 (beginning with LightTools 8.6)

 

RAM required

  • 8 GB minimum, 16 GB recommended (or more for extremely large models or large simulations)

 

Disk Space required

  • Free disk space as listed to installed LightTools components.

Component

Disk Space

Base LightTools product

3105 MB, plus virtual memory equal to 3 times the RAM

Online documentation      

121 MB

Tutorial Files                        

96 MB

Data Exchange Modules, excluding CATIA V5

450 MB

CATIA V5 Modules          

1000 MB

SOLIDWORKS Link Module               

50 MB

 

  • Free disk space on the system drive (i.e., the drive on which the operating system is installed): 10 GB minimum. If LightTools is installed on a drive other than the system drive, that drive should also have at least 10 GB free disk space. Large models and complex analyses may require significantly more disk space. 

 

Additional Software

  • For the LightTools’ SOLIDWORKS Link Module, SOLIDWORKS 2014 or higher is required.

 

Display

  • Monitor supporting 1280 x 1024 or better resolution recommended.
    Beginning with version 8.6, LightTools supports monitors with high resolution or high DPI (dots per inch).

  • OpenGL compliant graphics card with stable ICD driver support recommended. We recommend that you always use the latest version of the driver for your graphics card.