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Nvidia introduces mid-range Quadro RTX 4000 for ray tracing

Published 13 November 2018

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Article tagged with: nvidia, workstations, vr, graphics, ray tracing, quadro rtx, rtx

Nvidia has introduced the Quadro RTX 4000, a new single slot, ‘VR Ready’ mid-range professional GPU powered by the Nvidia Turing architecture and the Nvidia RTX platform.

Like the high-end Quadro RTX 5000, 6000 and 8000 announced earlier this year, the RTX 4000 is heavily focused on ray trace rendering.

It features dedicated Ray Tracing (RT) Cores and next-gen Tensor Cores for Artificial Intelligence (AI) inferencing.

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Autodesk allows virtualisation and cloud-based deployments

Published 13 November 2018

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Article tagged with: autodesk, cloud, workstations, virtualisation, imscad, imscloud

Autodesk customers can now run their Autodesk software on a cloud workstation without incurring the wrath of the license police.

Autodesk has updated its terms of use for single user subscriptions, so customers can now virtualise and host Autodesk software in the cloud.

Previously, firms required an exception agreement in order to run Revit, AutoCAD, Inventor or other Autodesk applications on a cloud workstation, rather than a physical workstation. And this had to be negotiated with Autodesk and was usually reserved for major accounts only.

“This is massive news for our AEC and manufacturing customers who have wanted the flexibility of a graphically accelerated desktop either hosted or in the cloud, but haven’t been able to because of license restrictions,” said Adam Jull of IMSCAD and cloud workstation provider, The IMS Cloud.

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Lenovo embraces ray tracing and AI with NVIDIA Quadro RTX

Published 13 November 2018

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Article tagged with: nvidia, quadro, ai, rtx, thinkstation

Lenovo has introduced Nvidia RTX technology to its portfolio of workstations and has announced support for Nvidia Quadro RTX GPUs in the ThinkStation P330 Tower up to the ThinkStation P920.

This includes the Quadro RTX 4000 GPU that Nvidia announced today.

Quadro RTX GPUs are focused on real-time ray tracing and AI-enhanced workflows and feature new RT and Tensor cores. One of the companies driving development of Nvidia RTX technology is Epic Games, the developer of Unreal Engine, who recently turned its attention to design visualisation.

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AMD gives first glimpse of monster 64-core EPYC ‘Rome’ CPU

Published 08 November 2018

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Article tagged with: amd, intel, cpu, epyc, radeon

AMD has given a first glimpse of its next generation EPYC server CPU codenamed “Rome”, which features up to 64 cores and 128 threads, double that of its first generation EPYC CPU.

Powered by the “Zen 2” processor core, “Rome” uses 7nm process technology to deliver ‘much higher performance and more CPU cores at the same power.’ It will be available for one and two socket servers, giving a potential 128 cores and 256 threads in total.

The new EPYC CPU should get the attention of design and engineering firms because it promises to deliver incredible performance in multi-threaded ray trace rendering applications and simulation tools, including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software Ansys Fluent.

At the launch event in San Francisco this week, AMD demonstrated the performance gains one can expect by putting a single socket ‘Rome’ system up against competitive dual socket systems. The live demonstration featured a server with a single “Rome’ processor with 64 cores, a second server with two Intel Xeon 8180M processors, each with 28 cores, and a third server with two first generation AMD EPYC 7601 processors, each with 32 cores. Using the C-Ray ray tracing benchmark the ‘Rome’ system was 9% quicker than the Intel system and 2.5% quicker than the AMD EPYC 7601 system, despite it only using one CPU.

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Samsung launches superfast portable SSD X5. Can transfer 20GB video file in just 12 seconds

Published 09 October 2018

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Article tagged with: hardware, samsung, samsung ssd

Samsung has launched its first NVMe-based portable solid state drive (SSD), the Samsung Portable SSD X5, based on Thunderbolt 3, which is up to four times faster than USB 3.1.

The drive is available in three capacities 500GB (£360 inc VAT), 1TB (£630 inc VAT) and 2TB (£1,250 inc VAT).

On paper, the SSD X5 stands out for its ability to read / write large files very quickly. It offers a read speed of up to 2,800 MB/s, which is up to 5.2 times faster than the widely used SATA interface portable SSDs and up to 25.5 times faster than external HDDs.

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Intel launches 28 core, 4.3GHz Xeon W-3175X – the first unlocked Xeon processor

Published 08 October 2018

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Article tagged with: rendering, workstation, intel, cpu, xeon, threadripper

Intel has launched the Intel Xeon W-3175X, a new workstation-class processor with 28 cores that can Turbo up to 4.3GHz out of the box, with a base clock speed of 3.1GHz.

It is designed to offer balanced single threaded and multi-threaded performance, so can be used for CAD and ray trace rendering, and is also the first Xeon processor that is unlocked so it can be overclocked.

Traditionally, only Intel Core series processors can be easily pushed beyond their core clock speeds.

The Xeon W-3175X is likely to be Intel’s response to AMD’s 32-core Second Generation Ryzen Threadripper processor which launched in August and is reviewed in full here.

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IMSCAD and PhoenixNAP partner for global Graphical DaaS platform

Published 08 October 2018

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Article tagged with: cloud, virtualisation, imscad, daas

Graphics virtualisation specialist IMSCAD has teamed up with global IT services provider PhoenixNAP to help simplify cloud desktop deployments for AEC and manufacturing firms.

The partnership intends to enable customers to run their desktops for a predictable cost and still maximize productivity and flexibility using a global cloud platform.

IMSCAD says that the new global Graphical DaaS (Desktop as a Service) platform means Enterprise IT can avoid challenges associated with migrating to graphics virtualisation and realise the benefits of an efficient and agile infrastructure that is easier to manage.

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