Echoview 11 sneak peek: we’ve turned Echoview’s performance up to 11!

14 February 2020

Echoview 11 includes a major boost in performance across many processor and time-intensive aspects of the software, for all data types and applications.

We’ve seen excellent results across our comprehensive tests of the changes – in some cases, Echoview is more than 10x faster!

Observations from our testing:

  • The wideband frequency response graph for EK80 wideband data is calculating twice as fast as Echoview 10 (and 3x faster than Echoview 9!)
  • Exporting from a Maximum Intensity virtual variable used with Kongsberg EM series multibeam data is 4x faster than Echoview 10
  • The overall process of loading data, applying noise removal algorithms, and detecting fish tracks in DIDSON, ARIS and Reson data is 3x faster in Echoview 11

An improvement from 20 hours to 2 hours
A scripted routine of 24 exports was taking more than 20 hours to complete in Echoview 10 in one user’s data set (Simrad EK60 data collected at 6 frequencies to a depth of 1,500m with 35,000 pings per frequency). The workflow in the EV file included an extensive range of Dataflow steps, such as resampling, noise removal, motion correction, masking and line detection, followed by export of cell-based integrations from 24 variables. Thanks to the improvements in Echoview 11, the routine now takes only 2 hours to perform exactly the same exports – a seriously significant reduction in processing time.

 The performance improvements to Echoview 11 are a result of:

  • Increased multithreading to maximize the utilization of all CPU cores
  • Improved use of the computer’s system memory for complex dataflows
  • Improved efficiency of data flowing through virtual variables on the dataflow

 The example tests above were performed on a Dell laptop with an Intel i7-8750H @ 2.20GHz CPU, 16 GB RAM, and with data files stored on a local SSD with read/write capabilities of 3,000 MB/sec for reading and 1,800 MB/sec for writing – a reasonably good laptop at the time of writing, but far from cutting edge. Performance will vary for other hardware configurations and data storage locations. If you are working with large volumes of data and/or computing-intensive workflow steps, we recommend having 16GB or more RAM, the best CPU possible, and data stored in a fast-access location.

For general information about hardware, please see the following help file pages:

If you are interested in seeing a benchmark of Echoview 10 vs Echoview 11 performance using your own data and processing workflow, or would like us to review your current computer specifications, please contact support@echoview.com. We’ll be happy to evaluate the difference between versions, suggest potential avenues for performance improvements, and to identify areas where we can make even more adjustments to Echoview in the future.

Let us show you how fast Echoview can be!

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