Posts by Greg Corke

AMD unveils hardware-virtualised GPU product line

Published 05 February 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, gpu, amd firepro, opencl, graphics, opengl, vdi

AMD gave its hardware virtualised Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology a first public airing in September 2015 and has now unveiled its first products: the AMD FirePro S7150 and AMD FirePro S7150 x 2.

For design and engineering, these server-grade GPUs are designed to accelerate 3D CAD in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments, much like Nvidia does with Nvidia GRID.

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Eurocom launches ‘most powerful mobile workstation ever’

Published 04 February 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: quadro, intel, ssd, mobile workstation, eurocom, nvme

It’s a bold claim but Eurocom says its new Sky X9W mobile workstation is the most powerful mobile workstation ever made.

The 17.3” laptop is equipped with an Intel ‘Skylake’ CPU up to the Intel Core i7 6700K, 64GB DDR4 memory, up to 5TB of storage and professional graphics up to the Nvidia Quadro M5000M (8GB) powering a 4K Ultra HD matte IPS display.

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Frame targets users of design viz and simulation software with high-end virtual workstation

Published 03 February 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, simulation, cad, workstation, cae, cloud

The Frame Pro 64GB system is ideal for ray trace rendering or simulation applications and can be accessed through virtually any device with an HTML 5-capable web browser

Frame, the cloud service that allows any 3D CAD software to run in a web browser, has expanded its range of pay per use virtual workstations.

The company’s new Frame Pro 64GB system features significantly enhanced CPU, GPU and memory resources making it ideal for users of design visualisation or simulation software, such as Ansys Fluent or Mechanical, Chaos Group VRay & VRay-RT, Nvidia iRay and Luxion Keyshot.

In terms of specs, the Frame Pro 64GB system features two Intel Xeon CPUs, four Nvidia GRID GPUs, 64GB of memory and a 128GB SSD. Prices start at $3.60 per hour.

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Lenovo unveils 2-in-1 mobile workstation for 3D CAD and digital sketching with Wacom technology

Published 01 December 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, wacom, sketching, tablet, mobile workstation, sff, small form factor, conceptual design

The Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga features a 360-degree hinge so it can be used in standard laptop mode and tablet mode

Lenovo has launched a unique 2-in-1 laptop for product designers and architects that combines a pressure sensitive pen tablet with an entry-level 3D CAD mobile workstation in a single device.

The ThinkPad P40 Yoga will allow designers to start work in a digital sketching conceptual design tool like SketchBook Pro, Made with Mischief or SolidWorks Industrial Designer then move into detailed design in 3D CAD without having to change devices. 

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Nvidia delivers first Iray physically-based rendering plug-ins through dedicated online store

Published 01 December 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: nx, rhino, nvidia, gpu, 3ds max, maya, iray, physically based rendering

Interior scene rendered in Nvidia Iray

Nvidia is shipping its first Iray plug-ins and has opened an online store to sell the physically based rendering add-ons direct to customers. Plug-ins will be sold at an introductory price of $295/year per license for each product.

Iray for Autodesk 3ds Max will be the first plug-in to be sold, closely followed by Iray for Autodesk Maya. Plug-ins for Autodesk Revit, Rhino and Cinema4D are currently in beta and should be available next year.

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Fujitsu Celsius J550 looks to take 3D performance lead in Small Form Factor (SFF) workstations

Published 19 November 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: quadro, amd firepro, workstation, fujitsu, fujitsu celsius, sff

Fujitsu has unveiled its first ever Small Form Factor (SFF) workstation, the Fujitsu Celsius J550. Unlike similar-class machines from Dell, HP and Lenovo, Fujitsu’s slimline workstation can host a full height graphics card, up to the mid-range Nvidia Quadro K2200 (4GB) or AMD FirePro W5100 (4GB).

This is big news for 3D CAD users as they can now have access to levels of 3D performance that were previously only available in mini tower desktop workstations, such as the Fujitsu Celsius W550, also released this month.

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SPECwpc releases new workstation benchmark

Published 18 November 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cpu, workstation, creo, ssd, benchmark

SPECwpc 2.0, a major new release of the multi discipline workstation benchmark, includes a number of new features designed to help better test CPU and Solid State Drive (SSD) performance.

For CPUs, the test features improved scalability measurement for workstations with large numbers of processing cores as well as the ability to request a specific number of threads or processes for multi-threaded workloads.

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