By Anthony J. Lockwood
Dear Desktop Engineering Reader:
NextComputing is an interesting outfit. They make high-performance portable workstations, rugged potables, and rack-mount servers. NextComputing’s stuff is geared to high-end applications from CAD to medical imaging, but none of it is your typical stuff. Meaning what, Lockwood? Well, these are high-end systems as you think of them … to a point. But pretty much all of what NextComputing manufactures is meant to be ready to go out in the field away from its cozy office if that is where you happen to be today. A case in point is today’s Pick of the Week write-up.
NextComputing recently announced that it has integrated NVIDIA’s Quadro 6000 GPU for its portable workstations and servers. Incidentally, the integration comes by way of PNY Technologies, which, among things, makes professional-level graphics cards.
Anyway, back in July I selected the Quadro 6000 for a Pick of the Week. Back then, I noted that this was a great time for workstations and that the Quadro 6000 meant great things for visualization. Its raw performance hops to it at 1.3 billion triangles per second.
Combining the Quadro 6000 with a workstation or a server designed to handle compute-intensive applications and that you can take into the field changes the field for those of you who have to set up a quickie oil and gas visualization, a traffic analysis system, or onsite CFD simulation training session. Or, to put it another way, the integration of the Quadro 6000 in NextComputing’s line of high-end portable workstations means that you could have a visual supercomputer with you out in the middle of nowhere. Cool.
Thanks, pal. — Lockwood
Anthony J. Lockwood
Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering