Posts by Greg Corke

Scan introduces workstation rental program for flexible projects

Published 20 April 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, workstations, scan, rent

Bolton-based Scan, a specialist in overclocked workstations, is making its Scan 3XS Pro Graphics workstations available to hire.

Business customers can rent any number of machines on a monthly basis, for up to 12 months. At the end of the rental period there is the option to buy the workstation at a discount or upgrade to a new workstation to take advantage of the latest technology.

All of Scan’s workstations are fully configurable, with typical 3D CAD workstation rental agreement starting from around £89 plus VAT per month and a typical ‘design viz’ workstation rental agreement starting from around £119 plus VAT per month.

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AMD gets serious about Virtual Reality

Published 20 April 2016

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Article tagged with: amd firepro, vr, vred, oculus rift, htc vive

Autodesk VRED, a high-end 3D visualisation and virtual prototyping tool that is pushing the limits of GPU hardware.

Last month Nvidia launched a 24GB version of its top end Quadro M6000 GPU. Now AMD has gone one step further introducing a 32GB model of its FirePro W9100, double that of the original W9100.

But, in the world of design and engineering, why would you need a GPU with such a colossal memory footprint - more than the system memory (RAM) of a typical CAD workstation?

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First Look: Nvidia Quadro M2000 GPU - Nvidia has CAD users firmly in its sights with new release

Published 19 April 2016

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Article tagged with: solidworks, gpu, workstations, graphics cards, nvidia quadro, iray

The Nvidia Quadro M2000 - sitting pretty on our desk, itching to get put through its paces in our suite of 3D CAD software tests.

Today, Nvidia added a new graphics card to its family of professional GPUs. The 4GB Quadro M2000 should hit the sweet spot for 3D CAD, with applications like SolidWorks, PTC Creo and Siemens NX, and will replace the company’s current mid-range offering, the Quadro K2200.

In Nvidia nomenclature the ‘M’ stands for Maxwell, the codename for the company’s current GPU microarchitecture, which replaced Kepler (K) in late 2014.

The Quadro M2000 fleshes out the ‘official’ Maxwell Quadro line-up, joining the higher end Quadro M4000, M5000, M6000, which were all introduced last year.

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HP re-works its HP Z1 workstation all-in-one with new G3 model sporting a 24-inch 4K display

Published 18 April 2016

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Article tagged with: quadro, workstation, ssd, hp z1, 4k, hp z turbo

The new HP Z1 G3 is built around a 23.6-inch 4K display

HP has completely redesigned its HP Z1 workstation all-in-one, with a new G3 model that is said to be 47 percent smaller, 51 percent lighter and 21 percent less expensive than the original.

The biggest transformation comes in screen size, with HP moving down from a 27-inch 2,560 x 1,440 pixel panel to a 23.6 inch UHD 4K display. Presumably, the driving force behind this move is to help bring down cost, but it also looks like it will help with serviceability.

The original HP Z1 featured a hefty hinged lid to get access to interior components, but due to its weight could be tricky to open. The new 10.5kg HP Z1 G3 features a removable back panel, which simply slides off.

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HP developing remote graphics client for Mac OS X

Published 18 April 2016

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Article tagged with: cad, workstation, remote graphics, hp rgs

HP RGS also has benefits for collaboration

For some years now HP has bundled its HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS) free with its HP Z Workstations.

The idea is that it allows users to access their high-performance desktop workstation from a remote location. As all of the processing is done locally (on the HP workstation) and only pixel data is streamed to the end point, it means the receiver software can run on relatively low powered hardware, including tablets.

Until now, the HP RGS receiver software has only been available for Windows or Linux but HP has just announced it is developing a new version for Mac OS X.

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Autonomous cars to go head to head in robotic AI race

Published 05 April 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: automotive, nvidia, robots, daniel simon, deep learning

Daniel Simon, concept designer and automotive futurist, conceived the cars that will race in Roborace.

Nvidia is putting Artificial Intelligence (AI) supercomputers into the cars that will compete in the Roborace Championship, the first global autonomous motor sports competition.

Part of the new Formula E ePrix electric racing series, Roborace pits 10 teams, each with two driverless cars, against each other in one-hour races.

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Nvidia unveils ‘Interactive photorealism’ with Iray VR

Published 05 April 2016

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Article tagged with: quadro, iray, virtual reality, nvidia iray

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang explores Nvidia’s new HQ building in ‘photorealistic’ detail.

Nvidia is bringing its Iray physically-based rendering technology to the world of Virtual Reality. With Iray VR, Nvidia says you will be able to walkthrough a building before it is built or view any combination of options for a car interior, all in ‘photorealistic detail’ with a head mounted display.

“Iray VR is going to be unbelievable for people designing cars, for people architecting buildings and many other areas,” said CEO Jen-Hsun Huang during his keynote address at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, Calif.

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