Posts by Greg Corke

WS and MSI unveil new ultraslim mobile workstation

Published 29 July 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, dell, gpu, cpu, workstation specialists, mobile workstation, msi

Workstation Specialists is expanding its mobile workstation range, courtesy of a brand new ultra slim machine from MSI - the Workstation Specialists WSM150S also known as the MSI WS60. It’s 20mm thick, weighs in at a cool 1.9kg, features a 15.6-inch HD (1,920 x 1,080) or WQHD+ (2,880 x 1,620) display and still manages to pack in an optical drive.

Comparisons are sure to be drawn to the sleek Dell Precision M3800, which re-defined the mobile workstation when it launched late last year.

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IBM invests in a future without silicon chips

Published 10 July 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cpu, ibm, silicon, 7nm

IBM’s CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics chip technology integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, enabling chips to communicate using pulses of light (instead of electrical signals).

IBM is worried that computer chip technology as we know is reaching its limits so is investing $3 billion over the next 5 years to develop new technologies.

Current silicon chip technology gets faster by shrinking the die, but the smaller it gets the harder it is to obtain a reliable on/off state. Current chips are around 22nm and future generations should scale down to 14nm and 10nm in the next few years, but beyond this things start to get harder.

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Samsung focuses on endurance for new generation SSDs

Published 01 July 2014

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Article tagged with: rendering, simulation, plm, cad, workstation, cae, pdm, cluster, ssd, samsung ssd

The Samsung SSD 850 PRO comes with a whopping 10 year warranty and is designed to write up to 40GB per day

With performance of its SATA-based Solid State Drives (SSDs) reaching a plateau, Samsung has turned its attention to drive endurance.

The South Korean giant today released two new SSDs designed for demanding workstation, server and data centre environments. Users of CAD, rendering and simulation software with write intensive workflows should sit up and take notice. SSD storage should not only be super fast, but it needs to be able to go the distance.

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Try CAD (SolidWorks) in the cloud with Nvidia GRID Test drive

Published 23 June 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, cloud, citrix, nvidia grid, remote cad

The Nvidia GRID Test Drive virtual desktop

Nvidia has launched the GRID Test Drive, a simple and secure way to test out your very own graphics-accelerated virtual desktop - CAD in the cloud, if you like.

With this proof of concept all of the processing is done on the cloud-based virtual machine and only pixel data is streamed to your local desktop. Mouse and keyboard input is sent back.

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AMD FirePro W8100: 3D graphics and compute in one card

Published 23 June 2014

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Article tagged with: simulation, amd firepro, opencl, graphics, ray tracing, displayport, 4k

The AMD FirePro W8100, which features 8GB GDDR5 memory, can be used for high-end 3D graphics and GPU compute.

AMD has unveiled the FirePro W8100, an 8GB professional GPU for high-end CAD/CAM/CAE that follows on from the 16GB FirePro W9100.

The company has three types of design and engineering users in its sights: those that use a) high-end CAD, b) Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), or c) design visualization software – or, indeed, all three if you have a particularly complex product development workflow.

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OpenCL support added to NX Nastran - simulation with a GPU

Published 20 June 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: simulation, nx, amd firepro, gpgpu, nvidia tesla, nastran, intel xeon phi

Performance benefits of a GPU over 24 CPU cores can be significant

Siemens has added OpenCL (Open Compute Language) support to NX Nastran in the 9.1 release of its integrated simulation software tool.

This means users can now use CPUs, GPUs (AMD FirePro and Nvidia Tesla) and Intel’s Xeon Phi co-processor, which features Intel’s MIC (Many Integrated Core) architecture to accelerate engineering simulations.

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Intel Core i7-4790K promises big performance boost for CAD

Published 03 June 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: intel, cpu, workstation, haswell, overclocking

Intel’s new unlocked 4th gen Intel Core processor codenamed ‘Devil’s Canyon’

Intel’s new ‘Haswell’-based Core i7 desktop processor has broken the 4GHz barrier, a speed that was only previously achievable with overclocking.

The Core i7-4790K will ship with a 4.0GHz base clock speed and a Turbo of 4.4 GHz, a full 500MHz increase over the Core i7-4770K that it replaces.

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