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Skanska to develop first commercial 3D concrete printer

Published 26 November 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: 3d printing, construction

The 3D printer is able to make things which cannot be manufactured by conventional processes.

Skanska is leading an 18-month programme to develop the world’s first commercial concrete printing robot. The company will use 3D concrete printing technology developed through research at Loughborough University, and apply it to real applications with a view to ‘revolutionising the design and construction process’.

The 3D printer is fitted to a gantry and a robotic arm and deposits a high–performance concrete precisely under computer control. It works by laying down successive layers of concrete until the entire object is created. The printer is said to be able to make things which cannot be manufactured by conventional processes, such as complex structural components, curved cladding panels and architectural features.

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Fujitsu Forum 2014: supporting 16 CAD users with a single workstation and HPC for SMEs

Published 25 November 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: rendering, cad, cfd, workstation, cae, fea, hpc, fujitsu, mobile workstation, fujitsu celsius

The Fujitsu virtual Vespa

From desktops and clusters to virtualisation and Vespas, the show floor at last week’s Fujitsu Forum in Munich offered plenty for design and engineering firms to sink their teeth into. In particular, there were some interesting new developments for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with a desktop workstation that can deliver 3D CAD to up to 16 users via thin clients and a High Performance Computing (HPC) appliance designed to take the pain out of deploying a simulation cluster.

Workstations

All eyes were on the new Intel ‘Haswell’ Xeon E5-2600 v3 Celsius desktop workstations that Fujitsu launched in October - the single processor Celsius M740 and the dual processor Celsius R940. Both feature an abundance of CPUs and professional GPUs - the biggest choice out of all the major workstation manufacturers – as well as DDR4 memory, improved cooling, a handy carry handle and optional PCIe-based SSDs. (Read our in-depth report into these new machines).

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Ansys Fluent CFD software scaled to 36,000 cores

Published 19 November 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: simulation, cfd, fea, cluster, hpc

Internal combustion engine modelled using Ansys Fluent

Ansys and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) have scaled Ansys Fluent, the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software, to a whopping 36,000 compute cores.

Ansys says that this industry first could lead to greater efficiencies and increased innovation throughout manufacturers’ product development processes by allowing firms to consider more design variants.

“We’re connecting all the dots,” said Ahmed Taha, the NCSA senior computational resource coordinator who led this extreme benchmarking project. “NCSA is unique in connecting the industrial users, the hardware and software vendors, and the domain expertise of our staff.

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@Xi offers huge choice with new MTower workstations

Published 07 October 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: quadro, amd firepro, workstation, xeon, haswell, xi, mtower

California-based @Xi Computer Corporation has revamped its entire workstation line up.

The company’s updated ‘MTower’ workstations boast new CPUs, including the new Intel ‘Haswell’ Xeon E5-2600 v3 and select Intel Core i7 processors, new generation Nvidia Quadro and AMD FirePro GPUs and up to 512GB of four channel 2133MHz DDR4 ECC registered memory.

There’s also a big choice of compute boards including Xeon Phi and Nvidia Tesla.

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Fujitsu unveils Haswell Xeon E5 v3 Celsius M740 and R940 workstations

Published 06 October 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: quadro, firepro, workstation, ssd, fujitsu celsius, xeon phi, haswell xeon, pcie, virtual desktop infrastructure, celsius

The new Fujitsu Celsius M740 and R940 (centre and centre right) join the mobile Celsius H730, the rack C620 and single CPU W530 (centre left)

Today, Fujitsu became the final tier one workstation manufacturer to unveil its new Intel Haswell Xeon E5 v3 workstations.

The Japanese firm, whose workstations are designed and manufactured in Germany, has taken a slightly different approach to the other manufacturers. Instead of three it has only released two Intel Haswell Xeon E5 workstations: the single processor Celsius M740 and the dual processor Celsius R940. These two machines join the Celsius W530, which is its mainstream single processor workstation.

Both the Celsius M740 and R940 feature an abundance of CPUs and GPUs - the biggest choice out of all the major manufacturers.

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NextComputing offers Intel Xeon E5 v3 in luggable workstations

Published 10 September 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: xeon, mobile workstation, haswell xeon

Want 36 CPU cores in a ‘mobile’ workstation? You got it!

If you need to take your high-end CAD/CAM/CAE workstation on the road but are fed up with Styrofoam packaging and annoying carry cases, NextComputing might have something for you.

The company has just updated its luggable ‘Radius’ portable workstation family, which now offers up to 36 CPU cores thanks to support for the new ‘Haswell’ Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 v3 product family.

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Lenovo ThinkStation P Series application performance figures with new Haswell Xeon E5 v3 CPUs

Published 09 September 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, nvidia quadro, 3ds max, maya, ptc creo, lenovo thinkstation, haswell xeon, intel xeon e5 v3

One of the questions we get asked most often at DEVELOP3D is how does my three year-old workstation compare to the latest and greatest?

And with the release of Intel’s new Haswell Xeon E5 v3 CPUs yesterday it’s a great time to be asking this question.

The good news is the tech guys over at Lenovo have done all the hard work for us, releasing a series of benchmarks that show how the new generation Lenovo ThinkStation P series stacks up against an almost three year old Sandy Bridge Xeon workstation and a one year old Ivy Bridge Xeon. All three machines also feature different generations of Nvidia Quadro GPUs. It’s quite a complex matrix.

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