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CPU: ≥ 2GHz
RAM: ≥ 2GB
HDD: ≥ 20GB
RES: ≥ 1024 x 768
To achieve optimal results it is strongly recommended to use at minimum 4GB RAM and a higher screen resolution.
Software task allocation on separate processors of multi-core systems is very dependent on the parallelisation of the tasks. This is clearly evident when e.g. looking at today’s graphics computation on GPUs with more than 1000 processors. In contrast, the result of ETS operations as well as of almost all standard software is mostly data: input via the keyboard or files, display of lists and/or screen updates (e.g. after copying or downloading).
Due to the sequential nature of these tasks, they require synchronising in order to produce the final result. This means that tasks that are in general independent from one another ultimately need to wait on one another (e.g. current topology view à data input for copy operations à copy procedure à screen update of the displayed topology after executing a copy operation of a line in a project).
- ETS uses the .NET Framework as a basis for development for operations in MS Windows, which supports the so called Threading for potential task allocation on separate CPU cores (when these exist). Which core is actually used in multi-core systems is up to the OS, if no preferred core is explicitly specified (which ETS does not do).
- A large part of ETS tasks cannot be run in parallel and therefore will not be executed as explained in point a), but where possible ETS does parallelize its tasks, e.g. while importing from KNX product database entries (aggregation of data and calculation of the signatures)
Because of this fact, today’s processors are increasingly going back to the Turbo Boost principle for single cores in order to achieve maximal performance in this area.
The font and font size used in ETS5 are oriented toward optimisation of the working area and menus as well as a maximised view of contents.
In ETS5, there is no separate setting for the font, colour and font size to be used to display ETS Menus or window contents (icons, line spacing; icons would not be scalable via the setting anyway). The Windows system configuration settings are used for this. The only option for enlarging the basic view of ETS for small screens is the option under the Windows monitor settings for adapting the general size of the display (100%, 125%, 150%, or custom).
Serial RS-232 communication ports are no longer supported starting with ETS5. x64 operating systems have stopped supporting RS-232, which already affected ETS versions 3 and 4.