April 2, 2013. Dell today announced Dell Precision Performance Optimizer (DPPO), the industry’s first software that automatically configures Dell Precision workstation settings to maximize the performance of engineering, design, and digital content-creation applications. DPPO is preloaded with profiles for popular applications such as Autodesk Maya, PTC Creo, and Dassault SolidWorks and once activated automatically adjusts system settings to optimize performance. Additional features include proactive system maintenance and tracking and reporting of system utilization–helping Dell Precision customers enhance and speed up their design and render times.
Dell Precision Performance Optimizer is an extension of Dell’s existing workstation tools designed to provide customers maximum performance and dependability so they can remain focused on being creative. For example, as part of the Dell Precision Technology Program, Dell engineers work closely with technology partners to architect, design, and test joint solutions providing customers assurance that their hardware is compatible and optimized for their software. Dell also develops and provides recommended configurations for customers’ specific software and workflows through the Dell Precision Workstation Advisor. Dell Precision Performance Optimizer is the next step in Dell serving as the trusted advisor to help customers maximize efficiency and productivity.
Dell Precision Performance Optimizer offers three main features to enable comprehensive yet simplified system optimization and eliminate the guesswork from adjusting system settings:
- Automatic Performance Optimization. DPPO comes preloaded with predefined performance profiles for popular applications such as Autodesk Maya, PTC Creo, and Dassault SolidWorks. Unlike other tools, once activated, the software automatically adjusts system configurations such as CPU, memory, storage, graphics, and operating-system settings whenever a supported application is launched. This allows workers to quickly improve workstation performance when switching between applications and projects, like moving from rich animation projects to detailed CAD design. Based on Dell testing and benchmarking, users can experience up to 57% increase in application performance with DPPO.
- System Maintenance. IT professionals and users can gain greater control and knowledge of their system through automated or manual updates for new drivers, BIOS, application software, firmware, and other vital components. This helps ensure systems are running optimally and increases user productivity.
- Tracking and Reporting. The application also includes advanced tools to analyze and model system utilization such as how much free memory is available, processor utilization, thermal sensor data, battery state and more. Detailed reports can be scheduled to run and analyze system utilization at any time, even during intensive tasks like compiling code or rendering frames.
Dell Precision Performance Optimizer is free and is pre-installed on Dell Precision T1650, T3600, T5600, T7600, M4700, and M6700 workstations with Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit) and Windows 8 (64-bit) operating systems and is also available for download here. Application profiles are currently available in English for Autodesk Maya, PTC Creo, and Dassault SolidWorks. Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Media Encoder, and other profiles will be available soon. French and German languages will be available for download in the coming months with other languages available later this year.
“We’re excited to continue introducing innovative new solutions like Dell Precision Performance Optimizer that empower our customers with uncompromising performance, dependability and design,” said Efrain Rovira, executive director of Dell Precision. “From hardware design to software enhancements, we are always looking for new and meaningful ways to make our workstation customers more productive.”
“Broadcast and video pros demand top performance and increased speed to optimally run Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Media Encoder and Photoshop,” said Simon Williams, director of strategic relations at Adobe. “Dell’s announcement today is a big step forward for our users to have improved productivity for faster project completion and enhanced creativity.”
“PTC and Dell have a long history of delivering technology solutions that transform the way our customers create and service products,” said Brian Thompson, Vice President of PTC Creo Product Management at PTC. “We are excited about the potential for Dell Precision Performance Optimizer to deliver additional value for PTC Creo customers using Dell Precision workstations.”