Posts by Greg Corke

How fast is your SolidWorks 2015 workstation?

Published 29 July 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, rendering, cpu, workstation, graphics cards, graphics, benchmark

This Menjac gearbox is one of three new SolidWorks models to be added to the benchmark.

If you are a SolidWorks user and want to find out which graphics card, CPU or workstation will give you the best performance, check out the new SPECapc for SolidWorks 2015 benchmark, released today.

The benchmark is heavily focused on 3D graphics, consisting of nine graphics and two CPU tests.

The graphics tests use three popular SolidWorks view settings - RealView, ambient occlusion and shadows - in combination with shaded and shaded-with-edges display styles.

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Altair calls for simulation specialists to test out High-Performance Computing in the cloud

Published 14 July 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: simulation, cae, cloud, hpc, altair

Simulation specialists - apply with your project for the chance of a cloud-computing boost

Altair is on the look out for simulation specialists to take part in a High-Performance Computing Cloud Challenge utilizing Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Intel technologies.

The challenge is designed to give firms the opportunity to experience the power of CAE in the cloud as a viable, scalable option to accelerate product innovation, says Altair.

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AMD unveils new 32GB server GPU for HPC

Published 10 July 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: simulation, amd, cfd, cae, fea, gpu compute, hpc

AMD is upping the ante in GPU compute with its new FirePro S9170 server GPU that features 32GB of on-board GDDR5 memory. This is double that of its predecessor, the FirePro S9150, and 8GB more than Nvidia’s top end GPU compute board the Tesla K80.

According to AMD, 32GB of memory, coupled with 320GB/s memory bandwidth will enable firms to process larger and more computationally complex workflows than before. This has sometimes been a barrier for using GPUs in High Performance Computing (HPC).

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WS turns to desktop Core i7 and Xeon CPUs to boost performance in mobile workstations

Published 09 July 2015

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Article tagged with: quadro, workstation, core i7, xeon, mobile workstation

The WS-M150 can host the Intel Core i7-4790K CPU which runs at 4.0GHz (turbo 4.4GHz)

Workstation Specialists is turning to desktop Intel CPUs to deliver more performance in its mobile workstations for CAD, simulation and rendering.

The Derby-based firm has launched three new machines: two based on the desktop Intel Core i5 and i7-4700 series CPUs and one based on the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series which boasts up to 12 cores.

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Samsung launches 2TB Solid State Drives (SSDs)

Published 08 July 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, cae, ssd, samsung

The 2TB 850 PRO. Wave goodbye to your Hard Disk Drive (HDD)?

In a move that is sure to please designers and engineers who work with massive CAD/CAM/CAE datasets, Samsung has announced 2TB models of its 850 PRO and 850 EVO Solid State Drives (SSDs), doubling the capacity of its previous top-end models.

This big increase in capacity is thanks Samsung’s 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND), which, instead of instead of cramming transistors horizontally closer together, works by stacking layers of transistors on top of each other.

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Intel sets sights on 3D CAD with new integrated Iris Pro Graphics

Published 08 July 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, intel, amd firepro, nvidia quadro, 3d graphics, remote cad, intel iris pro

Intel will be targeting users of 3D CAD applications, such as DS SolidWorks

Intel is starting to take professional graphics very seriously with a new embedded graphics technology that it claims almost doubles the performance of the one it replaces.

According to the chip giant, whose CPUs are used in virtually all workstations, the new generation ‘Broadwell’ Intel Xeon E3-1200 v4 processor with Intel Iris Pro Graphics P6300 can deliver up to 1.8 times the 3D graphics performance of the previous generation Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 with Intel HD graphics P4600.

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zSpace unveils all-in-one VR desktop for Education

Published 01 July 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: design, gpu, amd firepro, education, vr

zSpace has released an all-in-one desktop virtual reality solution specifically designed for education.

The appropriately named zSpace for Education is a hardware and software solution that allows students to manipulate virtual, 3D objects ranging from human hearts to helicopters aiding learning in maths, physics, engineering and biology.

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