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Workstation tech touts simultaneous computing and simulation

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:workstation architecture? GPU? companion processor?

Nvidia Corp. has debuted its Maximus technology that claims to speed up work by enabling a single system to concurrently perform compute-intensive work and graphics-intensive work. The company added that this revolutionary technology boosts productivity and creativity by eliminating the need to use separate systems.

Nvidia Maximus brings together the professional 3D graphics capability of Nvidia Quadro professional GPUs with the massive parallel-computing power of the Nvidia Tesla C2075 companion processor. This unified technology transparently assigns work to the right processor and is certified by industry leading application vendors, said the company.

Maximus technology

Nvidia's Maximus technology combines the Quadro GPU and Tesla C2075.

"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 Systemes 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.

Workstation OEMs worldwide are all offering workstations featuring Nvidia Maximus technology, available for configuration and purchase. Nvidia Maximus desktop workstation configurations start with the pairing of the Nvidia Quadro 600 ($199 MSRP) + Nvidia Tesla C2075 ($2,499 MSRP).

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