Processor performance is an important part of the problem when selecting the best standards and specifications for a new industrial computer. Although figuring out the temperature fluctuations it should be able to withstand or the maximum altitude it can cope with are among the highest priorities, speed and performance can be equally important, as long as you want it to be suitable for the task your require it for.
What Does Your Industrial Computer Have to Do?
The first thing you have to do in understanding and determining your target processor performance is to find out exactly what you’ll be using your new PC for. This will give you a clear picture of exactly how much processing power you will need.
The processor of a computer is in charge of making all the calculations necessary for various processes to be facilitated and coordinating all the data at high speed to ensure that it is properly managed. Processing performance, therefore, has to do both with the speed and efficiency of the computer in dealing with specific problems, managing multiple threads of calculations at the same time, and preventing overheating and other long term problems.
Since industrial computers are commonly used in data acquisition and process control, and are on the front end of other control computers in distributive processing layouts, they are not typically required to work at extreme speed and process huge amounts of data for longer periods. Although there are exceptions to this – especially when all the computers you use have to be industrial grade, highly efficient systems – this rule will apply to most applications.
Choosing a Reliable Processor for Your Industrial PC
Reliability is essential when it comes to industrial PCs. Processing power is useless if you can’t sustain it over longer periods of time, and even though fail-safe systems may be in place to prevent your processor burning up if overworked or subjected to extreme conditions, downtime can cost a great deal of money – or worse – especially when you’re using a high end industrial server.
A reliable Intel or AMD processor supporting fast communication speeds between CPU sockets (20 Gigabits per second or faster) combined with the higher number of cores associated with the latest processors in the industry will prevent your computer from presenting any issues of instability, lagging under pressure, or even suffering a burnout.
Servers and Particular Specifications
For servers, the issue of performance is much more pressing, since a computer server has to respond to numerous requests from multiple clients and provide adequate speed and efficiency.
While this normally translates to larger storage and random access memory capacity, the processing speed is equally important. A less reliable processor can freeze more frequently when subjected to higher workloads, and slower computers will make for tedious processing and data transfers, slowing down all the computers on your network.
Most companies offer four or six core industrial server processors; however, the latest AMD servers feature up to 16 cores, so it stands to reason that the performance of newer industrial servers will increase considerably over the next few years.