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For example, you might normally be working on text-based applications (e.g., Word and Excel), but occasionally need access to 3D design apps. While in the text based apps, an Air 4GB instance with a single CPU core will be fine. But if you want access to a GPU to run a graphics-intensive app, you'll want to switch to a Pro 16GB instance with 4 CPU cores and an NVIDIA GRID GPU.  For high-end use cases like rendering and simulation, you can crank things up even higher with the Pro 64GB instance that has 16 CPU cores and 4 NVIDIA GRID GPUs.   \n\nJust go to your Account page (click on the small arrow to the right of your name at the top of your Launchpad) and scroll down to the System section:\n[block:image]\n{\n  \"images\": [\n    {\n      \"image\": [\n        \"https://files.readme.io/BPOIFASCClzqr9R0cTDg_Screenshot%202016-01-30%2010.07.27.png\",\n        \"Screenshot 2016-01-30 10.07.27.png\",\n        \"896\",\n        \"621\",\n        \"#607f94\",\n        \"\"\n      ],\n      \"border\": true\n    }\n  ]\n}\n[/block]\nYou'll see what type of system you're currently on, and if your administrator has enabled it, you'll be able to click on \"SWITCH SYSTEM\" to see the following dialog:\n[block:image]\n{\n  \"images\": [\n    {\n      \"image\": [\n        \"https://files.readme.io/nR61YIAStuHpx1JvGTig_Screenshot%202016-01-30%2010.09.43.png\",\n        \"Screenshot 2016-01-30 10.09.43.png\",\n        \"601\",\n        \"431\",\n        \"#288b82\",\n        \"\"\n      ],\n      \"border\": true\n    }\n  ]\n}\n[/block]\nSimply select a new system type, and you'll see a confirmation that your system was changed:\n[block:image]\n{\n  \"images\": [\n    {\n      \"image\": [\n        \"https://files.readme.io/jUPqMXuCQJ6WGaBW0tzD_Screenshot%202016-01-30%2010.11.10.png\",\n        \"Screenshot 2016-01-30 10.11.10.png\",\n        \"500\",\n        \"236\",\n        \"#55799a\",\n        \"\"\n      ],\n      \"border\": true\n    }\n  ]\n}\n[/block]\nIf you had an active session, you'll be asked to power it off first. 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Switch system type

Get a power boost when you need it

If your administrator has set up your account with more than one type of system (instance), you'll be able to switch based on your current needs. For example, you might normally be working on text-based applications (e.g., Word and Excel), but occasionally need access to 3D design apps. While in the text based apps, an Air 4GB instance with a single CPU core will be fine. But if you want access to a GPU to run a graphics-intensive app, you'll want to switch to a Pro 16GB instance with 4 CPU cores and an NVIDIA GRID GPU. For high-end use cases like rendering and simulation, you can crank things up even higher with the Pro 64GB instance that has 16 CPU cores and 4 NVIDIA GRID GPUs. Just go to your Account page (click on the small arrow to the right of your name at the top of your Launchpad) and scroll down to the System section: [block:image] { "images": [ { "image": [ "https://files.readme.io/BPOIFASCClzqr9R0cTDg_Screenshot%202016-01-30%2010.07.27.png", "Screenshot 2016-01-30 10.07.27.png", "896", "621", "#607f94", "" ], "border": true } ] } [/block] You'll see what type of system you're currently on, and if your administrator has enabled it, you'll be able to click on "SWITCH SYSTEM" to see the following dialog: [block:image] { "images": [ { "image": [ "https://files.readme.io/nR61YIAStuHpx1JvGTig_Screenshot%202016-01-30%2010.09.43.png", "Screenshot 2016-01-30 10.09.43.png", "601", "431", "#288b82", "" ], "border": true } ] } [/block] Simply select a new system type, and you'll see a confirmation that your system was changed: [block:image] { "images": [ { "image": [ "https://files.readme.io/jUPqMXuCQJ6WGaBW0tzD_Screenshot%202016-01-30%2010.11.10.png", "Screenshot 2016-01-30 10.11.10.png", "500", "236", "#55799a", "" ], "border": true } ] } [/block] If you had an active session, you'll be asked to power it off first. It typically takes less than a minute for switching systems if your administrator has set the other system type to be ready to go. If instances are set to boot on demand, it will take about two to three minutes. Note that your administrator may not have configured any capacity for some system types at that time. In this case, if you switch to one of these system types, your status indicator will be red and if you try to launch an app you'll see this message: [block:image] { "images": [ { "image": [ "https://files.readme.io/DxOW27bBRWOC1Q2mUSRL_Screenshot%202016-01-30%2010.13.51.png", "Screenshot 2016-01-30 10.13.51.png", "504", "220", "#4d806c", "" ], "border": true } ] } [/block] [block:callout] { "type": "warning", "title": "Don't forget to switch back", "body": "Don't forget to switch back to your Air 4GB system if you're done with running graphics apps and don't need the extra power anymore." } [/block] [block:callout] { "type": "info", "body": "Note that this feature requires at least the Pro tier on Frame Personal, Frame for Business/Education or one of the Frame Platform tiers. Also, if your account was created before January 30, 2016 - and you would like access to the Air 8GB and Pro 64GB system types, please contact us at support@fra.me to add these to your existing account. New accounts created after this date have access to all four instances automatically.", "title": "Account requirements for switching systems" } [/block] [block:api-header] { "title": "CPU Credits" } [/block] Air 4GB and Air 8GB instances running on AWS use a technology that allows them to burst CPU performance beyond the baseline performance of the instance when needed. However, the higher performance levels are only intended for occasional needs. AWS utilizes a CPU credit system to regulate how often and how much an instance can burst to higher performance levels. If the instance continually requires a high percentage of CPU power the "CPU credits" for the instance can eventually be depleted. As such, the Air 4GB and Air 8GB instance types are not intended for continuous high CPU usage. Once credits are depleted, the CPU is throttled down on that instance and it will not be able to burst anymore. When this happens the following notice will appear in the session: [block:image] { "images": [ { "image": [ "https://files.readme.io/9e8c452-image001.png", "image001.png", 773, 69, "#c2433b" ] } ] } [/block] If you run into a situation where you are out of CPU credits, you can end your session ("Power off") and then start a new session. However, if you encounter this frequently you'll need to either lower your CPU load (e.g. run at a lower resolution) or move to a more powerful instance type (e.g. move from an Air 4GB to an Air 8GB instance). In situations where you know you will be utilizing the CPU very heavily for extended periods of time, you may also want to consider using the Pro 16GB instance type, which does not use a CPU credit system and therefore is never throttled.