By: Don Maynard, Senior Product Manager, Dell Precision Workstations

At Dell, we aim to help our workstation customers design and deliver high-quality projects at the speed of thought. That’s why I’m happy to announce availability of new NVIDIA Maximus GPU technology in our Dell Precision T5500 and T7500 tower workstations, in addition to our Dell Precision R5500 rack workstation. By adding an NVIDIA Tesla C2075 GPU computing processor to the T7500 and T5500and up to two Tesla C2075s in the R5500, our customers in oil and gas, finance, mechanical design, academia, and life sciences that need to crunch and render massive amounts of data can now both design and render or design and simulate simultaneously. Dell Precision workstations with NVIDIA Maximus technology also enable these professionals to accelerate some of the most complex applications exponentially faster than by adding a second CPU.

The key benefit of using a workstation solution for high performance computing is that it combines compute and visualization functions in the same platform, with the ability to do both at the same time, leading to faster rendering or simulation, and quicker visualization of complex data. The GPUs deliver parallel processing power right at the desk, enabling engineers, designers and content creators to accelerate their data-intensive tasks and see results in as little as half the time. That means oil and gas seismic analysts can map out potential drill sites faster, and healthcare professionals can improve patient care through faster diagnosis, as time from image acquisition to study review is reduced through accelerated CT (computed tomography) reconstruction and volume rendering.

This will also help out people in the financial sector too –as high performance computing can help provide fast, accurate derivative pricing models for analysts, helping decrease their reliance on approximations.

And with the Dell Precision R5500 rack workstation located in a customer’s secure data center or other centralized location, users can remove heat, noise and bulk for a more favorable workspace and boost productivity for global and rotating workforces by providing remote 1:1 access to the workstation from virtually anywhere. So with the remote computing capability, Dell is enabling high-performance computing for anyone with a WAN or LAN connection. 

If you are attending SC 11, you can check out our workstation high performance computing solutions in booth #2040. We will be demonstrating an application of NVIDIA Maximus technology on a Dell Precision T7500 workstation. The system will be showing an example of interactive MCAD design with Autodesk 3ds Max, combined with real time rendering of changes accelerated by the Tesla C2075 processor. We will also show production (i.e. batch) rendering of photorealistic images using Tesla C2075 accelerated ray tracing with the NVIDIA iray application. NVIDIA Maximus technology dynamically allocates and optimizes the performance of the high performance compute workload (in this case, the iray renderer) across the Tesla GPU, while maintaining maximum system usability and flexibility, with the Quadro GPU freed up to be utilized exclusively for design and visualization tasks.

In addition we will be demonstrating the ability of the Dell Precision R5500 Rack workstation with Teradici technology)to deliver a highly interactive, graphics intensive mechanical design session (Siemens NX) to a remote engineer on a LAN - with equivalent to a directly connected user experience.

Dell will also be featuring the latest innovations in GPU computing, storage and visualization technologies in the Dell booth and sharing best practices from a broad set of customers, as well as hosting two BoF sessions on storage and visualization. Let us know in the comments if you’re planning to attend!

Don Maynard, Senior Product Manager, Worldwide Dell Precision Workstation Product Group

Don Maynard serves as senior product manager for Dell’s Precision Workstation Product Group, based in Austin, Texas. Don is currently responsible for the Dell Precision high-end dual-socket workstation portfolio and remote access solutions.  

Don joined Dell in 1997 and has held a variety of marketing roles including business analyst, marcom manager and product marketing. Prior to joining Dell, Don has held sales, marketing and management roles in his 25-year career in the computer industry, most recently with the former Digital Equipment Corporation.