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August 13, 2012

» IDC: HP leads in desktop marketshare for workstation computers for the first time   HP

HP today announced that industry research firm IDC reported that, for the first time, HP leads U.S. market share in the desktop workstation category, and was the global share leader during the second quarter of 2012.

HP’s share showed significant growth during past quarters, culminating with a 47.6% share in desktop workstations in the United States. HP continues to lead the mobile workstation category worldwide with 41.8% share, and leads the combined workstation category with 46.2% share, according to the Q2’12 IDC Worldwide Workstation Tracker, Aug. 8, 2012.

August 8, 2012

» Nemetschek Scia Engineer 2012 Tested and Certified to Run on Mac OSX Under Parallels   Nemetschek AG

The Nemetschek Engineering Group is pleased to announce that Scia Engineer 2012 has been tested and certified to run on Apple Macintosh OS X Hardware using Parallels. Now, structural and civil engineers can feel confident running Scia Engineer alongside their favorite Macintosh OS X software.

August 7, 2012

» NVIDIA launches new lineup of GPUs for mobile workstations   NVIDIA

NVIDIA officially announced today a new line of Quadro professional graphics solutions for the latest leading mobile workstations at the SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles. Designed for engineers, industrial designers, animators, and film & video editors that need to take their work with them, these new Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs) feature Kepler, the fastest, most efficient GPU architecture. Kepler delivers impressive performance gains over previous generations with the same power budget as the previous generation Quadro mobile graphics solutions.

» AMD launches first integrated visual computing platform for CAD and media/entertainment workflows    AMD

Today AMD launched the AMD FirePro A300 Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for entry-level and mainstream desktop workstations at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles. Featuring AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, the new AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs are designed for users who demand a high-performance computing platform to power their computer-aided design, building information modeling, and media and entertainment (M&E) workflows. The new AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs combine industry-certified performance and reliability for professional applications with world-class 24-hour customer support, delivering highly-tuned performance and robust feature support across a range of professional applications and tools.

» Altair presenting structural analysis at SIGGRAPH   NVIDIA

An innovative hybrid parallelization using multiple GPUs and MPI dramatically reduces solution time for structural analysis and sensitivity calculations. Offloading the intensive matrix computation on the GPU and using heterogeneous computing improves performance. Users also benefit from accelerated access to compute resources "in the cloud."

Altair, a global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, is featuring another of its leading HyperWorks simulation solutions, RADIOSS, accelerated by NVIDIA professional graphics processing units (GPUs), at SIGGRAPH 2012, this week in Los Angeles.

August 6, 2012

» OpenGL 4.3 compute shaders will run simulation code in the graphics pipeline   Khronos Group

With the introduction of new compute shaders as part of Open GL 4.3 today at SIGGRAPH 2012 in Los Angeles, the Khronos Group says the Open Gl cross-platform graphics API is now more advanced than Microsoft's Directx platform. OpenGL is used to deliver 3D graphics in most CAD/CAM/CAE applications on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.


» Shipments of mobile OpenGL ES GPUs will reach 1 billion by 2014   Imagination Technologies

Shipments of GPUs conformant with the Khronos OpenGL ES family of graphics APIs (Application Programming Interface) will reach 1 billion units per annum by 2014 according to Imagination Technologies, a supplier of mobile and embedded GPU (Graphics Processor Unit) technology.

» Imagination introduces caustic visualizer at SIGGRAPH   Imagination Technologies

Imagination Technologies, a multimedia technologies company, today announced its Caustic Visualizer viewport plug-in for Autodesk Maya 2013. Imagination will be demonstrating Caustic Visualizer’s highly interactive full-frame performance on the new PowerVR low-power ray tracing hardware reference platform at SIGGRAPH 2012 in Los Angeles.

» Esri updates medal count with "mapping the medals" Olympics site   Esri

Mapping the medals, a GIS story map from Esri, features a regularly updated feed of medals counts (overall, gold, silver and bronze) for each country competing in this year’s games. Click on any of the circles — the biggest ones belonging to medal leaders USA and China — to get a detailed breakdown of all medal winners from each nation's Olypmic team.

July 31, 2012

» Meridian Prolog 9.5 integrates WinEst, other Trimble assets   Jeff Yoders/BIMBoy's Blog

Meridian Systems recently released Prolog 9.5, the latest version of its project management software. The new version provides visibility into project performance through cash-flow forecasting, workflow, and BIM collaboration features. I recently had a chance to talk with Jon Fingland, head of Meridian's AEC business unit, about the new version and other news happening at Meridian and parent company Trimble.

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