By Anthony J. Lockwood
Super Micro Computer, Inc. (San Jose, CA), a developer of high-performance, high-efficiency server technology and green computing, recently announced that it now offers NVIDIA Maximus technology in its latest high-end, enterprise-class X9 SuperWorkstation (7047GR-TRF) workstation. NVIDIA Maximus technology, says Super Micro, allows users to simultaneously design, render, and simulate on the same workstation, avoiding traditional, time-consuming, and costly processing downtime.
The NVIDIA Maximus certified SuperWorkstation solution integrates an NVIDIA Quadro series graphics processing unit (GPU) dedicated for design and visualization tasks with four NVIDIA Tesla C2075 co-processors that are dedicated to handling compute-intensive tasks like simulation. This GPU/co-processor combination reportedly delivers designers, engineers, and scientists a specialized compute capacity to interact with 3D models in CAD/CAM applications while simultaneously rendering or outputting complex CAE simulations. This ability to multitask with both compute- and graphics-heavy applications in real time on a single workstation, says Super Micro, “dramatically accelerates productivity and allows more opportunities for creative exploration.”
“Super Micro’s NVIDIA Maximus certified 7047GR-TRF SuperWorkstation opens the door to personal supercomputing for scientific, engineering, and entertainment fields, and closes the gap between design and realization,” said Wally Liaw, vice president of Sales, International, at Super Micro in a press statement. “Our solution allows users to free themselves from compute limitations and to challenge their creativity with an unprecedented four Tesla GPUs plus one Quadro GPU in a 4U Tower — more than any other system in this class on the market. With this incredible performance at the desktop, designers can spend more time interacting with complex models and sophisticated simulations and less time waiting, allowing them to deliver results faster to market.”
The 7047GR-TRF is built on Super Micro’s high-end X9DRG-QF server board, which supports dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 family processors. When fully configured with four double-width NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and a Quadro graphics card, the 7047GR-TRF still has available single PCI-E 3.0 x8 and PCI-E 2.0 x4 (in x8) slots for additional high-bandwidth network and high-performance storage expansions. PCI-E 3.0 support is said to offer future-proof expansion as well as a cost-effective upgrade path to next generation NVIDIA GPUs.
The 7047GR-TRF SuperWorkstation also accommodates up to 512GB of DDR3 1600MHz ECC memory in 16x DIMM sockets and an internal storage capacity of up to 8x hot-swap 3.5-in hard disks using onboard 2x SATA3 and 8x SATA2 ports. Other features include redundant 1620W power supplies with a Platinum Level (94%+) efficiency rating and multi-zone thermal-controlled fans for optimal cooling and additional energy efficiency. NVIDIA Maximus certified SuperWorkstations support such industry-standard applications such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Maya.
“Super Micro’s professional-level SuperWorkstations harness the power of NVIDIA Maximus technology to sharply improve productivity,” said Jeff Brown, general manager of the Professional Solutions Group at NVIDIA in a statement to the press. “Super Micro is outstanding at integrating NVIDIA GPU technology into their workstations, and the 7047GR-TRF marks only the start of their efforts to incorporate NVIDIA Maximus’s power and flexibility.”
The Super Micro’s SuperWorkstation 7047GR-TRF NVIDIA Maximus certified workstation is available in tower or rack mount configurations. For further details, click here.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.