GPU Acceleration in Agisoft Photoscan

This walkthrough will cover the power of GPU acceleration with Photoscan and Paperspace.

7 years ago   •   3 min read

By George

How to enable GPU Acceleration in Photoscan

With Paperspace's powerful GPU's and Photoscan's GPU Accelerated workflow, processing of large image datasets can happen in hours not days. This walkthrough will cover the power of GPU acceleration with Photoscan and Paperspace.

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Tutorial Outline

1. GPU Acceleration

Agisoft Photoscan offers the ability to leverage either your machine's CPU or GPU when processing image datasets. With their GPU Acceleration feature, what would normally take close to days to process can now be done in a couple of hours.

This speed increase depends highly on the project, the number of images, the image size, and the image content. As a rule of thumb, projects with high overlap, high image content and thus with a high number of keypoints benefit more from the speedup.

So how we do enable this in Paperspace?

2. Enabling and Disabling GPU processing

The use of the GPU can be enabled or disabled in the Processing Options:

  1. In the Menu Bar, click Preferences
  2. Select GPU.Select GPU
  3. In the GPU section, select or unselect the GPU device. Select GPU

3. CPU vs GPU

We've put together some helpful benchmarks to between CPU and GPU on Paperspace's P5000.

We used the benchmark file provided by Agisoft in order to build a dense cloud model on Ultra High settings.

Benchmark Model Stats

  • 84 Cameras (Images)
  • Image Dimensions: 5184 x 3456

Benchmark Model

Steps for Benchmark

  1. In the Menu Bar, click Workflow > Build Dense Cloud Photoscan on Paperspace CPU

  2. Select Ultra High quality.Photoscan on Paperspace CPU

  3. Select OK.

P5000 - CPU

Note: In order to test the CPU -- GPU should be disabled.

Photoscan on Paperspace CPU

This model would take an estimated 32 hours to complete processing.

P5000 - GPU + CPU
Note: Make sure CPU is also enabled in the GPU tab.

Photoscan on Paperspace GPU

This model would take an estimated 1.75 hours to complete processing.

4. Conclusion

Photoscan's GPU Acceleration is a powerful feature that can make use of Paperspace's NVIDIA GPU infrastructure. In our simple benchmark between CPU and GPU, we demonstrated the huge gains Paperspace's infrastructure can provide to GPU accelerated photogrammetry in Photoscan. We hope you'll share your own results and experiences with us at

You can learn more about Agisoft Photoscan and best practices for image capture from their User Manual.


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