Posts by Greg Corke

DEVELOP3D’s art director, Rob Biddulph, publishes first picture book - Blown Away

Published 28 August 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: kids, picture book, penguin blue, fun, rob biddulph

If you read DEVELOP3D magazine we hope you’ve enjoyed the wonderful designs and illustrations of Rob Biddulph. Remember the Zombie inspired Death of SolidWorks or any one of these glorious covers?

What you might not know is Rob is also the award-winning art director of the Observer Magazine and has just become a published author!

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SolidWorks, 3ds Max or any other 3D tool coming to your Chromebook soon?

Published 26 August 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, hardware, 3ds max, citrix, nvidia grid, vmware, vdi

SolidWorks running with VMware on a Chromebook.

VMware, NVIDIA and Google are working together to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks.

The technology will allow any 3D application to run on the low powered notebooks. Demonstrations at VMware World today highlighted DS SolidWorks, Autodesk 3ds Max and Blender as three of those tools.

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AMD previews OpenCL ray trace renderer on Maya

Published 25 August 2014

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Article tagged with: autodesk, amd firepro, gpu compute, maya, photorealism, ray tracing, nvidia iray

AMD’s new OpenCL ray trace rendering technology delivers photorealistic output in seconds using high-end FirePro GPUs inside Autodesk Maya

Siggraph delivered a whole number of interesting new technologies this year. One that’s stayed under the radar though is AMD’s new OpenCL 2.0-based ray trace renderer.

AMD’s Takahiro Harada showed a demo of a prototype plug-in for Autodesk Maya 2015 that delivered advanced photorealistic renders in seconds thanks to four AMD FirePro W8100 GPUs packed inside a single high-end workstation. Change the camera angle in the viewport and the image starts to refine immediately. Official details are still thin on the ground, but the company did tell DEVELOP3D that the Maya plug in is a result of collaboration with Autodesk and that its ray trace rendering technology has other adopters.

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SPEC pushes forward with new CAD-focused 3D benchmarks

Published 15 August 2014

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Article tagged with: solidworks, benchmarks, 3d graphics, specapc

Fulmine Concept car from the SPECapc benchmark for SolidWorks 2013

SPEC’s application performance characterization (SPECapc) group, the non-profit organisation that develops application benchmarks for 3D graphics workstations, has introduced a new test for 3ds Max 2015 and announced plans to update its SolidWorks, NX and Maya tests.

The SPECapc tests are a great way of finding out how your workstation performs in relation to others. DEVELOP3D currently uses the SPECapc for SolidWorks 2013 benchmark to help evaluate 3D graphics and overall workstation performance so we look forward to seeing how these new tests develop.

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OTOY to put CAD in the cloud with X.IO app streaming service

Published 14 August 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cloud, graphics, remote cad

OTOY’s OctaneRender software running via X.IO App Streaming

OTOY is hoping to establish itself as a key component supplier for ‘CAD-in the-cloud’, launching a new application virtualisation service for 3D software developers.

The X.IO App Streaming service is said to ‘instantaneously’ port Windows desktop applications to the cloud, enabling access on virtually any Internet-connected device.

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Dell to offer Teradici PCoIP workstation access software on Precision workstations

Published 12 August 2014

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Article tagged with: dell precision, teradici, hp rgs, remote workstation

Teradici made a name for itself in remote workstations thanks to hardware, both host and client side. The new PCoIP Workstation Access software, which is used instead of a host card, such as this Tera2220, marks a change in direction for the Canadian firm

Dell is expanding the remote access options that are available for its desktop workstations.

It will soon be offering Teradici’s new PCoIP Workstation Access software as a cost option on its Precision workstations.

Dell has worked closely with Teradici over the years and has offered the company’s PCoIP (PC over IP) technology as a hardware-based solution. Here, a Teradici PCoIP Remote Workstation card sits inside a workstation and sends pixel data to a zero client that sits on as user’s desk.

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Dell embraces Haswell-EP Xeon E5 CPUs with new Precision workstations

Published 12 August 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, workstation, dell precision, remote workstation

In addition to launching new workstations, Dell has also extended the reach of its Dell Precision Performance Optimizer (DPPO) software to tune its machines for 3ds Max and Inventor

Dell has released three new Haswell-EP Xeon E5 desktop workstations: the single CPU Precision T5810 and dual CPU Precision T7810 and T7910.

The big news is what’s inside – two important new workstation components: Intel’s Haswell-based Xeon CPU (plus 2,133MHz DDR4 memory) and new GPUs from AMD FirePro and Nvidia Quadro. According to Dell, the alignment of these new technologies makes it one of its most significant workstation releases in a while.

While Intel won’t officially reveal details of its new Haswell-based Xeon E5-2600 v3 CPU family until September we expect there to be a significant rise in the number CPU cores, a step up from the maximum 12 cores that came with the Ivy Bridge-based Xeon E5-2600 v2.

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