NVIDIA Maximus Revolutionizes the Workstation
Breakthrough Technology Delivers New Era of Speed and Productivity for Millions of Design and Creative Professionals
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Nov. 14, 2011 — 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
NVIDIA Maximus desktop workstation configurations start with the pairing of the NVIDIA Quadro 600 ($199 MSRP, USD) + NVIDIA Tesla C2075 ($2,499 MSRP, USD).
Product Design, Styling and Visualization
-Ken Pimentel, director, Media Design, Autodesk
“Bunkspeed PRO 2012 combines Bunkspeed Shot PRO and Bunkspeed Move PRO into one easy to use interactive ray tracing package built on CUDA powered NVIDIA iray. NVIDIA Maximus powered workstations allow designers, engineers, marketers and architects to render their 3D models with Bunkspeed PRO up to 8x faster than on CPUs alone, with a whole new level of realism and interactivity.”
-Philip Lunn, founder and CEO, Bunkspeed
“By harnessing the power of GPU computing we have been able to create a more productive, high-performance, interactive user experience and, at the same time, dramatically increase the realism of visualization tools available for designers and engineers within CATIA V6. With NVIDIA Maximus, users will be able to experience the full power of these new visualization tools in their product design workflow.”
-Xavier Melkonian, director, CATIA Shape Domain, Dassault Systèmes
-Barbara Hutchings, director of strategic partnerships at ANSYS
Digital Video Content Creation
-Bill Roberts, director of professional video and audio
-Loren Dean, director of Engineering, MATLAB Products, MathWorks
“HP’s Z Workstations meet the needs of some of the most compute-intensive industries in the world. With NVIDIA Maximus technology, HP is providing a powerful, new performance solution that will enable our customers to design and analyze more efficiently, ultimately increasing ROI.”
-Jeff Wood, vice president, Worldwide Marketing, Commercial Solutions, HP
HP entry-level Z400 and top-of-the line Z800 workstations are available now worldwide.
- Greg Weir, marketing director, Dell Precision Workstation
Dell Precision T5500, R5500, and T7500 are available now worldwide.1
“Application acceleration speeds up the design process and product delivery, and with NVIDIA Maximus on Lenovo ThinkStations, users have the parallel processing power they need to boost productivity, creativity, and time-to-market. NVIDIA Maximus-class ThinkStation S20, C20, and D20 workstations transform workflows with computing and visualization capabilities that empower engineers, designers and digital content creators to achieve amazing results exponentially faster.”
- Rob Herman, director of Product and Vertical Solutions,
Lenovo ThinkStation S20, C20 and D20 workstations are available now worldwide.
“Our advanced and superior line of Fujitsu CELSIUS workstations, including our CELSIUS M and R series, become even more powerful and versatile performers with NVIDIA Maximus technology. Our customers demand the most innovative technology for driving the new generation of high-performance 3D modeling, animation, real-time visualization, analysis, and simulation applications–NVIDIA Maximus-powered CELSIUS workstations provide the customized visualization plus computation performance they need.”
-Dieter Heiss, head of Workplace Systems at
Fujitsu CELSIUS M470, R570 and R670 workstations are available now in EMEAI and Japan.
Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to statements as to: the availability, pricing, impact and benefits of NVIDIA Maximus technology, NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, and NVIDIA Tesla GPUs; and the effects of the company’s patents on modern computing are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: global economic conditions; our reliance on third parties to manufacture, assemble, package and test our products; the impact of technological development and competition; development of new products and technologies or enhancements to our existing product and technologies; market acceptance of our products or our partners products; design, manufacturing or software defects; changes in consumer preferences or demands; changes in industry standards and interfaces; unexpected loss of performance of our products or technologies when integrated into systems; as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including its Form 10-Q for the fiscal period ended July 31, 2011. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on the company’s website and are available from NVIDIA without charge. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.
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1 Dell will be offering NVIDIA Maximus technology on its Dell Precision T5500 and T7500 tower workstations and Dell Precision R5500 rack workstation. Upon availability of ISV certifications of the NVIDIA Maximus driver, users can download the driver to enable NVIDIA Maximus from Dell.com.