It began as a request from a customer, an automotive OEM, according to Peter Schroer, Aras Corp’s CEO. The customer wanted to know if Aras PLM can be deployed across 100,000+ users without performance degradation.
“So we created a team — Aras, Microsoft, HP, and [tech consulting firm] Logic20/20 — to explore the upper limit scalability of the Aras architecture running on Microsoft SQL Server,” said Schroer.
The controlled experiment involves 500,000 named users with 125,000 concurrent users — “the largest testing conducted to date in the enterprise PLM industry,” according to Aras. The results of the benchmark test are published in a PDF report, downloadable at http://aras.com/plm/002298. Continue reading
Tom Weiss has an imagination with infinite computing cores. At any given moment, Weiss, project manager for ACME Scenic and Display, may be conjuring up complex theatrical sets, storefront displays, and museum exhibits. He and his colleagues were responsible for the full-sized mammoth and its natural habitat inside Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in Oregon; the Spartan statue guarding the NCAA Championship display inside the University of Tampa, Florida; and the Renaissance castle interior for Sarasota Opera’s performance of Otello.
But Weiss had a PC that couldn’t keep up with his thinking. The 20-min system boot, jagged graphics, jumpy cursor, and system crashes were beginning to try his patience. Continue reading
Josha Lewis can teach how to you to use the complex machinery and equipment in offshore oil platforms and underground mines. With his method, you don’t necessarily need to be on an oil rig or in a mineshaft. You can do this from a computer.
As the CTO of the Training Systems division of Check-6, Lewis is responsible for developing the company’s PC-based training program CATS (stands for Competency Assurance Training System). Check-6 customers use it to train their new hires and to test the skill level of their employees.
The system was designed by “commercial and combat aviators” for “the Game Boy generation,” in Check-6′s own words. The experience is much like being in Microsoft Flight Simulator, a highly popular video game that lets you take control of a realistic airplane cockpit. Lewis and his team put in a lot of efforts to make CATS’s virtual environment feel real. If a trainee makes a catastrophic operational error, he or she will witness an explosion, complete with flames and smokes (thankfully, also virtual). Continue reading
The warning shot was fired last November. It came in the form of a notice to Autodesk customers. This was perhaps the portion that deserves to be in red letters:
As of February 1, 2015, Autodesk will no longer offer the option to purchase upgrades for all non-current product versions.
In other words, if you’re still using older versions of the company’s software (say, AutoCAD 2008 or Inventor 2010), you have until February 2015 to buy an upgrade to move to the latest version. If you want to get the latest version after February 2015, you’ll have to pay full price for the new version; you won’t have the option to pay the upgrade fee to get it. Continue reading
Most of you rely on the GPU to render your CAD assemblies into ray-traced eye candies or pump up the blood and gore in your favorite first-person shooter games. (Did I hear someone mention Battlefield 3?) It turns out, with a little bit of programming — and a lot of ingenuity — you might also be able to use the graphics processor to speed up your search for a love match. Continue reading