(How much) will Studio 2011 benefit from a quad-core processor?
Thread poster: Richard Hill

Richard Hill  Identity Verified
Mexico
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Spanish to English
Jun 30, 2012

Hi all,

I'm about to upgrade my processor from a dual to a quad-core processor and although, as far as I understand, my system as a whole will benefit with regards to speed, I wonder if Studio 2011 will reap the benefits? In other words is the application multi-threaded or single threaded? I only just came across this here http://www.naplestech.com/shopcart/quad_pcr_demo.htm and previously had no idea how it worked, and still not exactly in the know. This also begs the question on how much would be gained from a hexa or octa-core processor? As far as I know the benefits gained depend on the individual software, to some extent at least.

Your insight on this is appreciated.


 

Enrico C - ECLC  Identity Verified
Taiwan
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I did benefit from a 4core Jun 30, 2012

rich. wrote:

Hi all,

I'm about to upgrade my processor from a dual to a quad-core processor and although, as far as I understand, my system as a whole will benefit with regards to speed, I wonder if Studio 2011 will reap the benefits? In other words is the application multi-threaded or single threaded? I only just came across this here http://www.naplestech.com/shopcart/quad_pcr_demo.htm and previously had no idea how it worked, and still not exactly in the know. This also begs the question on how much would be gained from a hexa or octa-core processor? As far as I know the benefits gained depend on the individual software, to some extent at least.

Your insight on this is appreciated.



Hi Rich,

I shifted from a dual core platform to a quad core one last year. I noticed the benefits immediately in terms of processing speed while opening the application, segment translation, multiterm term insertion and overall performances. It has to be said though that I also shifted from a 5200rpm to a 7400rpm and expanded ram from 8 to 16. The improvement in terms of speed is remarkable. I think the mix between faster HDD and quad-core. This is particularly obvious while running multiple applications.


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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My 0.1 cents Jun 30, 2012

rich. wrote:
I'm about to upgrade my processor from a dual to a quad-core processor and although, as far as I understand, my system as a whole will benefit with regards to speed, I wonder if Studio 2011 will reap the benefits? In other words is the application multi-threaded or single threaded?

I am not a regular user of Studio, but I would say that a quad-core would not do any harm. However, it is more important that you have a bigger memory and a fast hard disk. In order to have a bigger memory (I mean having the O.S. actually use it) you need to switch to a 64-bit operating system. Studio is compatible with 64-bit systems.

As to whether Studio is multi-threaded or not, I would also like to know, but that is something probably only SDL can answer.


 

Zoltán Kulcsár  Identity Verified
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if you work on large projects Jun 30, 2012

you will certainly will. Currently, my dual core CPU is struggling at 100% to open a megafile

 

Mohamed Kamel  Identity Verified
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You'll benefit from the quad core either way! Jun 30, 2012

rich. wrote:

Hi all,

I'm about to upgrade my processor from a dual to a quad-core processor and although, as far as I understand, my system as a whole will benefit with regards to speed, I wonder if Studio 2011 will reap the benefits? In other words is the application multi-threaded or single threaded? I only just came across this here http://www.naplestech.com/shopcart/quad_pcr_demo.htm and previously had no idea how it worked, and still not exactly in the know. This also begs the question on how much would be gained from a hexa or octa-core processor? As far as I know the benefits gained depend on the individual software, to some extent at least.

Your insight on this is appreciated.



Hi Rich,

I quoted this from the link you provided:

Quote
MYTH:
Get past the hype and listen to the facts. A common misconception is that your system will not benefit from multi threaded processing if your software applications are not multi-threaded.

FACT:
Absolutely not true. Regarding multi-threaded Quad core processors and any software application Intel says:

"Even if the applications are not multi-threaded, multi-tasking environments will benefit from multi-core processors."
(Intel Software Solutions Group)

It is true that a single threaded software application will not utilize multi threading. However, Windows XP and Windows Vista both support multi-threading so your overall system performance will benefit substantially with multi-threading speed. Also, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook etc) applications are fully multi-thread capable.

Unquote

So, regardless Studio is multi-threaded or not, you'll benefit from the quad core processor.

MK


 

Tomi Dobaj
Slovenia
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Field report: not really Jul 22, 2013

This topic is old, but topical nonetheless, so I would add my few cents and maybe save someone a few more.

Trados Studio 2011 (sp2) is only capable of using 25% of the CPU on my quad-core i5 3570k.

I am writing this while I am waiting the Studio to process the simple number autotranslation (you know, when you confirm number "1" it then applies autotranslations for all other numbers of the same format). It should take a second, but it hangs and boosts 300+ threads and the first core of the CPU to 100% for about 5-15 minutes (with such larger documents). Right now it has 375 threads open (I wonder what for).

My config beside the i5 3570k is 8GB dd3 1600mhz, and a samsung 830 pro SSD.

I do not notice Studio would run any faster on this configuration that is has on a (slightly above average) Core2Duo machine. It is actually still painfully slow with the autotranslation, preparation, not to mention TM importing procedures.

Imho, compared to memoq Studio is a real dinosaur - big, slow, old-fashioned, and relies 100% on MS services.


 

Grzegorz Gryc  Identity Verified
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Multiprocessor Jul 22, 2013

Tomi Dobaj wrote:

(...)

My config beside the i5 3570k is 8GB dd3 1600mhz, and a samsung 830 pro SSD.

I do not notice Studio would run any faster on this configuration that is has on a (slightly above average) Core2Duo machine. It is actually still painfully slow with the autotranslation, preparation, not to mention TM importing procedures.

Basically, the difference between 2 cores and 4 cores is close to zero unless one uses heavily multitasking.

Imho, compared to memoq Studio is a real dinosaur - big, slow, old-fashioned, and relies 100% on MS services.

I can't but agree.
BTW, memoQ is able to run some auxiliary background tasks in multiprocessor mode.

Cheers
GG


 


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