NVIDIA has announced the arrival of NVIDIA Maximus technology. The new processor technology enables a single system 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 3D graphics capability of NVIDIA Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs) with the parallel-computing power of the NVIDIA Tesla C2075 companion processor–under a unified technology that assigns work to the right processor and is certified by industry leading application vendors.
With NVIDIA Maximus-enabled applications–such as those from Adobe, ANSYS, Autodesk, Bunkspeed, Dassault Syst mes 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.
A number of workstation OEMs–including HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Fujitsu–are all offering workstations featuring NVIDIA Maximus technology, available for configuration and purchase immediately.
Watch Wil Braithwaite, an applied engineer at NVIDIA, demonstrates how new NVIDIA Maximus technology can assist professionals doing fluid dynamics in Autodesk Maya 2012:
Read more about Maximus at Kenneth Wong’s Virtual Desktop, which includes a podcast interview with David Watters, NVIDIA’s senior director of marketing for manufacturing and design segments. For more supercomputing news from SC11, visit Engineering on the Edge.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.