How can I decrease the time it takes to run large area coverage studies?

As a terrestrial RF propagation software tool, TAP™ is data- and computation-intensive.  It has been common for large area coverage studies using high-resolution data to require hours of execution time.  The coverage study execution time is a combination of data access time and propagation model calculation time.  There are two corresponding ways to decrease the total coverage study execution time.

In order to decrease the data access time, data may be stored in solid state memory rather than on rotating hard drive media.  An external USB 3.0 solid state drive (SSD) with PSAP is an excellent choice.  Although more expensive than traditional rotating external hard drives, the price of SSD technology has come down.  All data sold by SoftWright are now available on a SSD.  See our price lists for the latest data and drive pricing.

In order to decrease the propagation model calculation time, upgrade to TAP™ 6.2.  TAP™ 6.2, Release 2517 or later, features an upgraded calculation engine that drastically reduces study run time.

Our benchmarking experiments for a large tile study using 1/3 sec FLT data showed the following results:

TAP™ 6.1, Rotating HDD : 43 min
TAP™ 6.2, Rotating HDD : 8.5 min
TAP™ 6.1, SSD              : 3.5 min
TAP™ 6.2, SSD              : 0.9 min

By upgrading to TAP™ 6.2, large area coverage study times may be reduced by 80% and combining TAP™ 6.2 with SSD data storage may reduce study times by 98%.

TAP 6.2 Bechmark Time

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