Thank you. I read that document a couple of times and a few others related on this site, as well as hunted around the net for more specific info and community experiences. However, not much was to be found which is surprising for such a performance oriented application like Pix4D.
Because of a lack of benchmarking and detailed information on Pix4D performance across various types of fp32 and fp64 based GPU, and other hardware, we’ve had to generalise. Which is fine if your requirements are satisfied by a “good enough” approach and your budget can’t be stretched beyond consumer components anyway. In this case we would just aim for the best value proposition and use a card like an NVIDIA 980 Ti and be done.
But what if you wanted to halve your GPU compute times from a 980 Ti but needed to be sure of the gain to justify the stretch in budget? There is no way to get that information from the creators of PIX4D.
The same goes for CPU compute as well. There is no way to see the performance scale from a 5820K, to a 5960X, to a Xeon twelve-core, to a Xeon eighteen-core or dual Xeon twelve-core CPU.
So, if we want to halve our GPU compute times from a 980 Ti how far do we need to jump? Will a mid-range Quadro do it, or will we need to commit to a high-end Quadro? Or, is there a significant amount of fp64 and CUDA in Pix4D that committing to a Tesla is the only way to get that performance gain?
And, what level of data and data type would we need to be crunching at each scale point? There really isn’t any metrics available to make these decisions. Do we have to hope that Anandtech does it for Pix4D? Seriously?
If there is one thing that the tech industry loves and that is clear metrics on which to base configuration and budget decisions. Unfortunately, nothing on the Pix4D site provides this. Not even close.
If you don’t have the resources why not let the community provide the metrics? Just build the capability to capture and present this on your website. Just capture configuration details, data type and amount, times, results, targets, etc. Provide it back to your customers so that the picture becomes clear.
BTW, it is almost impossible to use the Pix4D forums on a smartphone or tablet. It would be fantastic if this was improved. There are great options for forums that are responsive and provide excellent support for community interactions.
Thanks! Pix4D is a great product.