Deploy Samadii EM on a virtual machine

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This article briefly describes the steps for running Samadii EM on a virtual machine (VM) that's deployed on Azure. It also presents the performance results of running Samadii EM on Azure.

Samadii EM (electromagnetic) analyzes the electromagnetic field in three-dimensional space by using the Maxwell equation. It calculates the Maxwell equation by using the vector finite element method (FEM) and GPU computing.

The application provides a multi-physics solution to complex electromagnetic problems. It can analyze problems in electrostatic fields, AC electromagnetic fields, and electromagnetic wave fields.

Samadii EM is used in wireless communications and by manufacturers of radar devices, motors, semiconductors, and display devices. It's ideal for the telecommunications, manufacturing, and automotive industries.

Why deploy Samadii EM on Azure?

  • Modern and diverse compute options to meet your workload's needs
  • The flexibility of virtualization without the need to buy and maintain physical hardware
  • Rapid provisioning
  • VM options that enable you to optimize for varying levels of simulation complexity


Diagram that shows an architecture for deploying Samadii EM.

Download a Visio file of this architecture.


Compute sizing and drivers

The performance tests of Samadii EM on Azure used NVadsA10_v5, NCas_T4_v3, NCv3, and NC_A100_v4 VMs running Windows 10.

The following table shows information about the operating systems that were used for testing:

NCv3 NCasT4_v3 NVadsA10_v5 NC_A100_v4
Operating system version Windows 10 Professional, version 20H2 Windows 10 Professional, version 20H2 Windows 10, version 20H2 Windows 10, version 21H2
OS architecture x86-64 x86-64 x86-64 x86-64
Processor Intel Xeon CPU E5-2690 v4 AMD EPYC 7V12, 64-core processor, 2.44 GHz AMD EPYC 74F3V (Milan) AMD EPYC 7V13, 64-core processor, 2.44 GHz

Required drivers

To take advantage of the GPU capabilities of NVadsA10_v5, NCasT4_v3, NCv3, and NC_A100_v4 VMs, you need to install NVIDIA GPU drivers.

To use AMD processors on NVadsA10, NCasT4_v3, and NC_A100_v4 VMs, you need to install AMD drivers.

Samadii EM installation

Before you install Samadii EM, you need to deploy and connect a VM, install an eligible Windows 10 image, and install the required NVIDIA and AMD drivers.

For information about eligible Windows images, see How to deploy Windows 10 on Azure and Use Windows client in Azure for dev/test scenarios.

For information about deploying the VM and installing the drivers, see Run a Windows VM on Azure.

The product installation process involves installing a license server, installing Samadii EM, and configuring the license server. For more information about installing Samadii EM, contact Metariver Technology.

Samadii EM performance results

The nonlinear current model was used for testing:

Screenshot that shows the nonlinear current model.

  • Model size: 219,398
  • Solver: Samadii EM V21 V22 R1

To get a baseline, this model was tested on an on-premises VM with the following configuration:

Processor GPU Elapsed time (seconds)
Intel i7-3770 CPU NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal) 4,471

The following table shows the relative speed increases over this baseline:

VM GPU Number of GPUs used Elapsed time (seconds) Relative speed increase
NVadsA10_v5 NVIDIA A10 1/6 17,181 0.26
NVadsA10_v5 NVIDIA A10 1/3 9,350 0.48
NVadsA10_v5 NVIDIA A10 1/2 6,743 0.66
NVadsA10_v5 NVIDIA A10 1 1,933 2.31
NCasT4_v3 Tesla T4 1 1,875 2.38
NCv3 V100 1 1,689 2.65
NC_A100_v4 A100 80-GB PCle 1 1,290 3.47

This graph shows the relative speed increases for the previous GPU configurations:

Graph that shows the relative speed increases.

Azure cost

The following table shows wall-clock times in hours. To compute the total cost, multiply these times by the Azure VM hourly costs for NVadsA10v5, NCas_T4_v3, NCsv3, or NCA100v4 VMs. For the current hourly costs, see Windows Virtual Machines Pricing.

Only simulation runtime is included in the reported times. Application installation time and license costs aren't included.

You can use the Azure pricing calculator to estimate the costs for your configuration.

VM series Number of GPUs Wall-clock time (hours)
NVadsA10_v5 1/6 4.77
NVadsA10_v5 1/3 2.60
NVadsA10_v5 1/2 1.87
NVadsA10_v5 1 0.54
NCasT4_v3 1 0.52
NCv3 1 0.47
NC_A100_v4 1 0.36


  • Samadii EM was successfully tested on NCv3, NCasT4_v3, NC_A100_v4, and NVadsA10_v5 VMs.
  • For complex models, NC_A100_v4, NCv3, and NCasT4_v3 VMs, and the one-GPU configuration of the NVadsA10_v5 VM, all perform better than the NVadsA10_v5 VM with partial GPUs.
  • For models that are less complex, configurations of NC_A100_v4 and NVadsA10_v5 VMs, including configurations that use partial GPUs, perform better than NCasT4_v3 and NCv3 VMs.
  • If we take cost into consideration, NCasT4_v3 is the best choice.


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