After Dell made headlines last year for taking the publicly traded company private to allow it to innovate more freely, the company’s workstation division is having its “coming out party,” as Jeff Clark, who founded Dell’s workstation business 17 years ago called it. It’s a virtualization party, and the guest list includes the company’s software and hardware partners, as well as its customers.
The press event is taking place just a few miles up the road from Austin, where the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference begins tomorrow. At the event today, Dell announced that it is working with independent software vendors (ISVs), channel partners, virtualization software providers and its customers to move their applications from the desktop to the datacenter. The innovation comes in the knowledge of how to optimize virtualization for specific applications, so that software from Siemens, PTC, SolidWorks or Autodesk, for instance, runs as quickly as possible in a virtual environment.
Just a month ahead of NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference 2014 (GTC 2014, March 24-27, San Jose, California), simulation software maker ANSYS is announcing its computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver can run significantly faster if you augment the CPU with NVIDIA GPUs.
Since compute-intensive simulation programs tend to test the limit of CPUs, software vendors like ANSYS seek to speed up the number-crunching by refining their solver codes to take advantage of the GPU’s parallel processing power. In 2013, ANSYS made it possible to improve the performance of ANSYS Mechanical — designed to test and simulate mechanical behaviors — using NVIDIA GPUs.
Autodesk Fusion 360, Autodesk’s cloud-powered design software, just got a stalwart rendering plug-in to round out its feature set. The plug-in came from none other than Luxion, known for its rendering software’s ease of use among CAD users. The outcome of the partnership between Autodesk and Luxion is a KeyShot plug-in, accessible from right inside Autodesk Fusion 360.
Thomas Teger, Luxion’s VP of product and strategy, clarified, “The [Autodesk Fusion 360] plug-in is similar to what we offer with other CAD systems, but we went a step further with this. It would be the tightest integration between a CAD system or design software and KeyShot.
Luxion’s KeyShot renderer is available both as a standalone package and a plug-in for various 3D modeling packages, including SolidWorks, PTC Creo, and SketchUp.
Part of Autodesk’s push to harvest cloud computing for design and engineering, Autodesk Fusion 360 runs on a thin desktop client (the program file is about 200 MB) but streams many of its operations from the cloud. It incorporates social media-inspired features, online community, and cloud-hosted data management. The software relies on direct edition (pushing and pulling on faces to create and refine geometry), generally accepted as an easier method than traditional history-based modeling. Continue reading
A couple of hours after noon on Tuesday June 4 in Asia, or an hour before midnight Monday in the Pacific Time zone, Intel is debuting its fourth-generation Core architecture, codenamed Haswell. The big splash is set to occur at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, at Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall. But many critical details about the Haswell — its power efficiency and mobile-friendliness in particular — have already been made public long before by Intel executives themselves. Here are a few revelations gleaned from conference previews in the last two years: Continue reading
“Workstation performance for about the price of a desktop” — That’s how Dell pitches its new entry-level workstation T1700.
The new unit is available in small form factor and mini-tower configurations. They’ll be powered by Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v3, based on Intel’s next-generation Haswell architecture. The chip maker is heavily promoting Haswell as the technology to increase power efficiency. GPU options for the T1700 includes AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro cards. According to Dell, the T1700 is “industry’s smallest entry-level tower workstation.” Continue reading