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Monday, 14 November 2011 10:20

NVIDIA Maximus Revolutionizes the Workstation

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After 25 years of design and creative professionals anticipating a workstation that simultaneously performs complex analysis and visualization, NVIDIA announced today its arrival, with the introduction of NVIDIA® Maximus™ technology.

The new offering unleashes productivity and creativity, dramatically accelerating work by enabling a single system for the first time to simultaneously handle interactive graphics and the compute-intensive number crunching associated with the simulation or rendering of the results. These previously needed to be done in separate steps or on separate systems.

NVIDIA Maximus achieves this by bringing together the professional 3D graphics capability of NVIDIA Quadro® professional graphics processing units (GPUs) with the massive parallel-computing power of the NVIDIA Tesla™ C2075 companion processor -- under a unified technology that transparently assigns work to the right processor and is certified by industry leading application vendors.

"To those of us who have spent their careers focused on workstations, NVIDIA Maximus represents a revolution," said Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Solutions Group, NVIDIA. "Previous workstation architectures forced designers and engineers to do compute-intensive work and graphics-intensive work serially and often offline. They can now do them at the same time, on the same machine, allowing professionals to explore more ideas faster and converge quickly on the best possible answers."

With NVIDIA Maximus-enabled applications -- such as those from Adobe, ANSYS, Autodesk, Bunkspeed, Dassault Systèmes and MathWorks -- GPU compute work is assigned to run on the NVIDIA Tesla companion processor. This frees up the NVIDIA Quadro GPU to handle graphics functions, ensuring the quality and performance demanded by professional users.

"The real advantage of the Maximus technology is flexibility and increased productivity," said Tim Ong, vice president of Mechanical Engineering for Sunnyvale, CA-based Liquid Robotics. "Allowing each engineer to do multiple things at once is transformative for our workflow. It's a tremendous tool to allow my engineers to be flexible, to multitask, and to be more productive because they're not waiting on computational power."

NVIDIA Maximus Technology Immediately Available

The world's leading workstation OEMs -- including HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Fujitsu -- are all offering workstations featuring NVIDIA Maximus technology, available for configuration and purchase immediately.

NVIDIA Maximus desktop workstation configurations start with the pairing of the NVIDIA Quadro 600 + NVIDIA Tesla C2075.

For more information about NVIDIA Maximus Technology, visit: www.nvidia.com/maximus

NVIDIA announced today that the third annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC), the world's most important event showcasing breakthroughs in computational science with the GPU (graphics processing unit), will be held at San Jose's McEnery Convention Center from May 14-17, 2012.

Los Alamos National Laboratory's co-located Accelerated High Performance Computing (HPC) Symposium will move to the same week, as will the new InPar 2012 academic conference, geared towards providing a first-tier venue for peer-reviewed publications in the field of innovative parallel computing.

A new online resource for attendees of GTC 2012, and entire GPU computing community, also went live today at www.gputechconf.com. The site is a year-round resource, featuring details of all keynotes, technical sessions and events, conference scheduling tools, social media resources and much more.

A key section of the new site is the GTC Learning Center which provides education, news and insight for the GPU Computing community. In addition to GTC On-Demand replays of 300+ hours of GTC 2010 content, the section will also feature the new GTC Express series of webinars, featuring GPU Computing and computational science experts sharing how GPUs are transforming their fields of work.

The first webinar will kick off on June 15, 2011 with a presentation by NVIDIA's director of research, Dr. David Luebke on the subject of the heritage of GPU Computing and the important problems and research topics facing researchers going forward. This will be followed by a webinar on July 13, 2011, presented by published author and GPU Computing expert, Dr. Rob Farber, on the subject of the practical reality of heterogeneous supercomputing.

Also accessible through the GTC website are details of the regional events that are running throughout the year, all over the world. In the month of May, over a thousand scientists, engineers, researchers, and developers attended events in Singapore, Taiwan and Israel. Events are scheduled for Japan and China later this year.

Last year, the GTC event in San Jose offered thousands of attendees more than 280 hours of content intended primarily for computational scientists, engineers and developers who want to better understand how the GPU is transforming scientific, visual and technical computing. Attendance at the 2010 event grew more than 50 percent compared with 2009, and further growth is anticipated.

Sponsors for GTC 2012 include HP, Microsoft, Supermicro, PNY, Adobe, Dell, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lenovo, Caps, Bull, Synnex, Next IO, GE Intelligent Platforms, Appro and AMAX.

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