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1.1 System Requirements
The IDV should run on any platform that fully supports Java 7 and Java 3D and has been tested by Unidata on Windows, Linux, Solaris x86, Mac OS X.

For reasonable performance, it is recommended that an Intel system running IDV have at least a 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB memory (RAM). Performance will be even better with faster processors and more memory. Detailed requirements are listed below.

1.1.0  Operating Systems and Java Versions
1.1.1  Disk Space
1.1.2  System Memory and Processor Speed
1.1.3  Graphics Cards
1.1.4  Internet Connection for Downloading the IDV, and for Data Sources
1.1.0 Operating Systems and Java Versions
The IDV runs on any platform that supports:

The IDV is known to run on the following operating systems:

OSVersion
WindowsXP, Vista, 7, 8
LinuxMost modern flavors of Linux
Mac OS-X10.7 or later
Solaris/x86Solaris 10, 11 (Intel)
Your graphics system must support Open GL, and for X Window Systems, GLX.

1.1.1 Disk Space
You will need about 150 MB disk space for the installer file, which will uncompress into about twice that size. These include Java and Java3D.
1.1.2 System Memory and Processor Speed
The IDV can be demanding of hardware speed and memory depending on the size of the datasets you wish to work with. It is recommended that the system have a minimum of 512 MB of RAM free for IDV use. Performance is significantly better with 1 GB RAM or more.

Recommended processor speed will vary by platform, but in general, the faster the processor, and the more memory your system has, the better IDV performance will be.

1.1.3 Graphics Cards
The IDV works on systems with graphics cards that support OpenGL (all systems). In most cases, you should make sure you have the latest video driver for your system. Even if the system is brand new, the video driver may be old.

1.1.4 Internet Connection for Downloading the IDV, and for Data Sources
You will have to download some 100-150 MB of IDV software which provide Java and Java3D.

The IDV is designed to access data on remote servers on the Internet, as well as from local files. Downloading data from remote servers benefits from a fast connection to the Internet, since many data fields are large.

 


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