Posts by Greg Corke

EpiGrid uses multi user AMD FirePro GPUs to stream SolidWorks and other CAD tools from the cloud

Published 19 January 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, cad, amd, gpu, firepro, workstation, cloud, vdi, epigrid

EpiGrid can stream SolidWorks and other 3D CAD applications to thin clients

EpiGrid is using AMD’s multi-user FirePro GPUs in a private cloud VDI solution that can stream 3D CAD applications to remote thin clients. The EpiGrid VDI can also integrate with on-premise servers to create a hybrid cloud implementation.

EpiGrid offers managed application services for a number of CAD tools including SolidWorks CAD, SolidWorks PDM, Pro/Engineer, and Driveworks.

“It is essential to our VDIs provide fast and consistent GPU performance; that is comparable or better than an on-premise workstation,” said Chad Garrish, Chief Technology Officer, EpiGrid.

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Workstation Specialists clocks Kaby Lake to 5.0GHz

Published 18 January 2017

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Article tagged with: cad, intel, workstation specialists

Workstation Specialists is breaking the magic 5.0GHz barrier with its new Intel 7th Generation Core i7 ‘Kaby Lake’ workstation, the WS-X143, thanks to liquid cooling.

5.0GHz is a full 0.5GHz over the standard ‘Turbo’ clock speed of the ‘Kaby Lake’ Intel Core i7 7700K CPU and also a 0.5GHz increase over its previous generation ‘Skylake’ workstation. On paper, this should bring a significant performance benefit to single threaded applications, including 3D CAD and BIM software.

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Nvidia announces new ‘Pascal’ Quadro GPUs for mobile workstations

Published 17 January 2017

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Article tagged with: hp, nvidia, gpu, dell, mobile workstation, msi

Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI and Fujitsu are all in the process of launching Intel ‘Kaby Lake’ mobile workstations with new ‘Pascal’-based Quadro GPUs, including the latest Dell Precision 7720 which boasts a 17.3-inch display.

Nvidia has introduced three models – the Quadro P3000 (6GB GDDR5), Quadro P4000 (8GB GDDR5) and Quadro P5000 (16GB GDDR5).

The 100W Quadro P4000 and 100W Quadro P5000 are both ‘VR Ready’, paving the way for a wave of mobile workstations that are powerful enough to run professional Virtual Reality applications.

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HP ZBook 15u mobile workstation gets ‘Kaby Lake’ upgrade

Published 17 January 2017

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Article tagged with: hp, amd firepro, mobile workstation, zbook

HP has updated its low cost, compact 15.6-inch mobile workstation, the HP ZBook 15u.

The new G4 model features a choice of dual core 7th generation ‘Kaby Lake’ CPUs, including the Core i7 7600U (2.8 GHz, up to 3.9 GHz) Core i7 7500U (2.7 GHz, up to 3.5 GHz) Core i5 7300U (2.6 GHz, up to 3.5 GHz) and Core i5 7200U (2.5 GHz, up to 3.1 GHz).

The rest of the specifications remain largely the same as the G3 model. This includes the AMD FirePro W4190M GPU, up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory, 2TB of storage including the optional HP Z Turbo Drive G2, and an FHD touch or UHD display.

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Dell launches VR Ready all-in-one workstation and companion sketch device

Published 16 January 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, amd, hp, nvidia, dell, workstation, microsoft, vr, surface

Dell Precision 5720 all-in-one workstation pictured with Dell Canvas

Dell has unveiled its first all-in-one (AIO) workstation, the Precision 5720, a 27-inch machine which should give some serious competition to the 24-inch HP Z1 G3 AIO.

While the HP Z1 is for entry-level to mid-range 3D CAD, Dell’s AIO can be configured with a much more powerful GPU, the AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100 making it well suited to more demanding 3D applications, including entry-level Virtual Reality (VR).

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AMD gives glimpse of how ‘Vega’ might impact design viz and simulation

Published 05 January 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: simulation, amd, gpu, cae, opencl, gpu compute, cuda, radeon pro, design viz, vega

With AMD Solid State Graphics (SSG), which looks set to come of age with Vega, users can explore huge viz datasets in real time - such as this 600GB physically-based rendered architectural interior scene.

AMD is starting to give some clues as to how its next generation Vega GPU architecture might benefit design, engineering and architecture firms - beyond the givens of real time visualisation, Virtual Reality (VR) and static physically-based rendering.

Much of this appears to hinge on Vega’s re-architected memory architecture, which gives the GPU the ability to access Terabytes of virtual address space through a high-bandwidth cache controller.

At the recent AMD Technology Summit in California, AMD showed a raw tech demo of an architectural interior scene where the user could navigate freely around the space.

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AMD lifts lid on new 8-core Ryzen CPU for CAD & rendering

Published 13 December 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, rendering, amd, keyshot, cpu, ryzen

CAD users who also rely on rendering software (such as KeyShot - pictured) should be interested in AMD’s forthcoming Ryzen CPU

AMD is looking to take on Intel in a small, but significant, part of the desktop workstation market. Its first Ryzen CPU (code-named ‘Summit Ridge’ Zen), is set to go head to head with the Intel Core i7-6900K in Q1 2017. 3D CAD users, who also rely on multi-threaded tasks such as ray trace rendering, will be one of the key targets in design, engineering and architecture.

Most CAD workstations feature CPUs with four cores, but AMD’s forthcoming Ryzen ‘Summit Ridge’ CPU will have eight, which will give a significant boost in multi-threaded software. Due to support for ‘Simultaneous Multi-Threading’ (a virtual core technology implemented by Intel as ‘Hyper-Threading’) the new CPU will also feature 16 threads, which will help further cut rendering times.

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