Tuesday, 7 August 2012



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New NVIDIA Maximus Ends Compromises on Creativity

Posted: 07 Aug 2012 08:44 AM PDT

NVIDIA Maximus next generation technology

Digital content creators and design professionals, get ready to start enjoying your weekends again.

NVIDIA Maximus technology already dramatically accelerates workflows by simultaneously performing complex analysis and visualization on a single machine. Now our second generation workstation platform, launched today at SIGGRAPH 2012, features the fastest, most efficient GPU architecture available – NVIDIA Kepler.

So, customers as diverse as visual effects studios to automotive parts makers can experience the most incredible results ever, with unparalleled performance and efficiency.

Unleashing the Artists at a52

NVIDIA Maximus next generation technology
The latest NVIDIA Maximus system offers digital
content creators and design professionals
unparalleled performance and efficiency.

The next generation of Maximus is giving even more freedom and creative flexibility to the digital content creators at a52, a boutique visual effects studio in Santa Monica, Calif., that has worked on numerous award-winning advertising campaigns as well as the opening title sequence for the Emmy-winning Game of Thrones.

New NVIDIA Maximus systems have dramatically improved workflows for a52's digital lighting and shading artists, who can produce more iterations of color and lighting faster than before. This allows them to get reviews to clients for input and approval quicker.

In addition to enjoying significant time savings, Chris Janney, VFX technical director at a52, notes that, "Upgrading our workstations to the Maximus configuration was simple, and integration with our Autodesk Maya and Chaos Group V-Ray workflows was a piece of cake."

Check out the impressive workflow performance gains in this demo video by Lon Grohs, vice president of business development at Chaos Group: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7niAKeAVxY.

Delphi Workstations Shift to Higher Gear

Producing safe, top-quality products with optimal efficiency is critical for Delphi, a global supplier of electronics and technologies for autos and commercial vehicles. The company runs large, complex analysis and simulation models to understand how products will perform.

Thanks to the extreme processing power of the Kepler-based Maximus platform, simulations don't need to be simplified as much as before — Delphi's workstations "can handle all the data," according to Fereydoon Dadkhah, senior mechanical engineer in Delphi's Electronics and Safety Division.

Plus, Maximus allowed Delphi to change time-consuming sequential processes into much more efficient simultaneous ones. Changes can be made to analyses already in process, and work on future phases can begin without having to wait.

In most cases, Delphi has seen improvements of 20-40 percent in simulation runtime evaluations on the Maximus system, which adds up significantly considering the large models they work with.

RTT Quickens Fast-Flow Simulation

Scott Mocha, head of solutions for RTT USA, Inc., a global leader in professional high-end 3D visualization, can vouch for the kinds of performance gains companies like Delphi are enjoying.

In the video below, he shows how effectively and fast flow simulation computing can now be carried out during the production and design process using RTT DeltaGen and FluidDyna running on a Kepler-based NVIDIA Maximus system. Mocha says Maximus empowers him "to do it, to save it and to show it in moments" because "it's totally fast."

Find out more at NVIDIA Maximus and our news at SIGGRAPH 2012 at http://www.nvidia.com/object/siggraph-2012.html.


Catch Up On The Future Of Connected Cars

Posted: 07 Aug 2012 10:07 AM PDT

Tegra visual computing module powers Tesla Motors Model S system

The race to merge consumer electronics with the automobile has entered the fast lane.

With smartphones and tablets increasingly pervasive in people's lives, the auto industry is striving to create connected car experiences that will appeal to younger, tech-savvy buyers.

But how do automakers ensure their vehicle technology and consumer electronics work together? How do they develop systems that are safe, fun and able to stay current?

Now for the first time you can listen in while these and other issues are discussed during the industry's biggest annual brainstorming event — the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars, in Traverse City, Mich.

Tegra visual computing module powers Tesla Motors Model S system
NVIDIA Tegra Visual Computing Module powers
Tesla Motors Model S electronic system.

Taner Ozcelik, general manager of NVIDIA's automotive business unit, will be speaking during the event's Designing for Technology and the Consumer Forum, and showing off vehicles with infotainment systems powered by NVIDIA processors.

He'll discuss how NVIDIA is taking its expertise in making powerful, easy-to-use mobile technology and applying it to vehicle technology that is safe, informs drivers and entertains passengers. He'll also speak to NVIDIA's answer to one of the biggest current challenges for the auto industry: keeping pace with the rapid upgrade cycle of consumer electronics.

Other innovators in the automotive industry will be hosting product walk-arounds and technology demonstrations at the forum as well, including Chrysler, Microsoft, Federal-Mogul Corp. and SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association.

Catch the live webcast of the forum, including Taner's talk, on Wednesday, Aug. 8, beginning at 1:30 pm Eastern time at http://new.livestream.com/cargroup. And return to this blog later in the week, when we'll reveal more about his talk and include a link to a replay of his presentation.

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