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Why You Should Consider PyTorch (includes Install and a few examples)

Posted in HPC Blog on 07/13/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

PyTorch is a relatively new ML/AI framework. It combines some great features of other packages and has a very "Pythonic" feel. It has excellent and easy to use CUDA GPU acceleration. It is fun to use and easy to learn. read on for some reasons you might want to consider trying it. I've got some unique example code you might find interesting too.


Windows 10 Drive Partitions

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 07/09/2018 by Ben Nelson

Have you ever wondered why your hard drive is split up into different partitions? This article will explain in depth the different kinds of drive partitions, how to split up a drive into different sections, and what partitions to expect when installing and operating in Windows 10.


 (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Easy Image Bounding Box Annotation with a Simple Mod to VGG Image Annotator

Posted in HPC Blog on 06/29/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

In this post I go through a simple modification to the VGG Image Annotator that adds easy to use buttons for adding labels to image object bounding-boxes. It is very fast way to do what could be a tedious machine learning data preparation task.


How to Disable USB Selective Suspend

Posted in Support Software Guides on 06/29/2018 by Jon Allman

Are you having trouble with your USB devices not being recognized after your system wakes up from sleep mode? Check out this guide where we cover the Windows USB Selective Suspend feature and how to disable it.


Can You Mix Different GPUs in Octane and Redshift?

Posted in Articles on 06/28/2018 by William George

GPU rendering engines like OctaneRender and Redshift utilize the computational power of the graphics processing chips on video cards to create photo-realistic images and animations. The more powerful the video card, the faster the rendering process goes - and multiple video cards can be used together to further improve performance. But can those video cards be a mix of different models, or do they all need to be identical?


The Puget Systems Repair Experience: What You Can Expect

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 06/21/2018 by Ken Colorossi

All Puget Systems come with lifetime labor and support. Although we hope that you never have to send your system in to be repaired there maybe be a time when you do. This article was created in an effort to show you what to expect when you do have to send your system in for repair.


 (Scientific Computing Advisor )

The Best Way to Install TensorFlow with GPU Support on Windows 10 (Without Installing CUDA)

Posted in HPC Blog on 06/21/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

In this post I'll walk you through the best way I have found so far to get a good TensorFlow work environment on Windows 10 including GPU acceleration. YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO INSTALL CUDA! I'll also go through setting up Anaconda Python and create an environment for TensorFlow and how to make that available for use with Jupyter notebook. As a "non-trivial" example of using this setup we'll go through training LeNet-5 with Keras using TensorFlow with GPU acceleration. We'll get a setup that is 18 times faster than using the CPU alone.


How To Remove The Puget Tools Application

Posted in Support Software Guides on 06/20/2018 by Chad Warmenhoven

The Puget Tools application is installed on all Puget computers built after 01/01/2018. If you do prefer to remove this application, this guide will help you do so.


Redshift 2.5.72 vs 2.6.11 Performance Comparison

Posted in Articles on 06/19/2018 by William George

Redshift is a GPU-based rendering engine, which recently updated from version 2.5.72 to 2.6.11. That update added compatibility with NVIDIA's Volta GPU architecture, and cards like the Titan V, but did it also improve render speeds?


Redshift 2.6.11 GPU Performance Comparison

Posted in Articles on 06/19/2018 by William George

Redshift is a GPU-based rendering engine, and the latest version 2.6.11 introduced compatibility with NVIDIA's Volta graphics architecture and cards like the Titan V. Lets take a look at how different GeForce and Titan models perform.


Redshift 2.6.11 Multi-GPU Performance Scaling

Posted in Articles on 06/18/2018 by William George

Redshift is a GPU-based rendering engine, but how well does its performance scale when multiple video cards are used in a system?


Agisoft PhotoScan 1.4.1 - Apple iMac Pro and Mac Pro vs PC Workstations

Posted in Articles on 06/18/2018 by William George

PhotoScan makes heavy use of both the central processors (CPUs) in a computer and the video cards (GPUs) to run many of the calculations involved in turning still images into a 3D model or map. Agisoft, the makers of PhotoScan, have versions available for both Windows and macOS - so let's take a look at how these two, competing computer platforms compare.


Audio Issues Associated with Windows 10 (Builds 1709 & 1803)

Posted in Support Software Guides on 06/15/2018 by Geno Rosario

This article goes over some issues we've discovered recently related to Windows Builds 1709, 1803, & audio-related issues.


 (Scientific Computing Advisor )

How to install CUDA 9.2 on Ubuntu 18.04

Posted in HPC Blog on 06/15/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

If you are wanting to use Ubuntu 18.04 and also want a CUDA install this post should help you get that working.


Failure transferring large blocks of data between Glyph drive and internal HDD

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 06/12/2018 by Chad Warmenhoven

Recently we have noticed an issue when transferring data between mechanical drives and the Glyph Studio Raid external device. Specifically the issue pertains to large folders with numerous subfolders. In our initial testing it would appear that the data size is irrelevant beyond a few GB and mostly revolves around the number of subfolders.


How to switch from a Microsoft account to a local user in Windows 10

Posted in Support Software Guides on 06/12/2018 by Chad Warmenhoven

If you accidentally set up a Microsoft account instead of a local user and would like to reverse this, this article is perfect.


Titan V Multi GPU Performance Scaling in OctaneRender

Posted in Articles on 06/11/2018 by William George

Now that OctaneRender has been updated to support the Volta GPU architecture, how well does its performance scale when using multiple Titan Vs? And how does that compare to other popular rendering cards like the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti?


Is the Titan V a Good GPU for OctaneRender?

Posted in Articles on 06/09/2018 by William George

As of version 3.08, the Volta GPU architecture is now supported in OctaneRender. How does it stack up compared to other Titan and GeForce series graphics cards - in terms of both performance and value?


 (Scientific Computing Advisor )

The Best Way To Install Ubuntu 18.04 with NVIDIA Drivers and any Desktop Flavor

Posted in HPC Blog on 06/08/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

In this post I'll be going over details of Installing Ubuntu 18.04 including the NVIDIA display driver and, any one of the available desktop environments. I'll do this starting from a base server install. I'll go over a few possible pitfalls and end with a short discussion on the new netplan configuration tool for Ubuntu networking.


 (Customer Experience Engineer)

The Nordstrom Way

Posted in Blog on 06/08/2018 by Brett Nordquist

I recently finished reading the book, The Nordstrom Way to Customer Experience Excellence: Creating a Values-Driven Service Culture. The book is a lot more compelling than that ridiculously long title. It includes a lot of inspirational stories, but I wanted to share one story with you along with the one rule found in the employee handbook.


Does the CPU Matter for OctaneRender?

Posted in Articles on 06/08/2018 by William George

OctaneRender is a GPU-based rendering engine, so the bulk of the processing it does is carried out on the video cards in a system. Different processors and motherboards can impact the number of cards that can fit in a single system, but do they matter beyond that? Does the CPU itself have any impact on rendering speed/performance?


 (Senior Puget Labs Technician)

2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Supported RAM Speeds

Posted in Blog on 06/06/2018 by Matt Bach

Just like the original Ryzen CPUs, the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors from AMD support a range of different RAM speeds depending on a number of factors. This information is not easily accessible to the public, however, so we decided to put together a quick post with the information we received from our contacts at AMD.


Intel 8086K Processors

Posted in Landing Pages on 06/06/2018 by Jon Bach

The unlocked Intel Core i5-7600k and i7-7700k processors features Intel Turbo Boost Technology which gives you an automatic burst of speed whenever you need it. With overclocking enabled, it allows flexibility to set your system specs the way you like. Take control with our 6th gen Intel Core unlocked i5 and i7 processors.


 (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Install TensorFlow with GPU Support on Windows 10 (without a full CUDA install)

Posted in HPC Blog on 06/04/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

In this post I'll walk you through the best way I have found so far to get a good TensorFlow work environment on Windows 10 including GPU acceleration. I'll go through how to install just the needed libraries (DLL's) from CUDA 9.0 and cuDNN 7.0 to support TensorFlow 1.8. I'll also go through setting up Anaconda Python and create an environment for TensorFlow and how to make that available for use with Jupyter notebook. As a "non-trivial" example of using this setup we'll go through training LeNet-5 with Keras using TensorFlow with GPU acceleration. We'll get a setup that is 18 times faster than using the CPU alone.


How To Manually Install Windows 10 Updates

Posted in Support Software Guides on 06/01/2018 by Samyntha Hubbard

Most of the time, Windows 10 will keep itself up to date - but if you run into a situation where an update is not available, or not applying automatically, there are ways to manually download and apply patches. This article will outline those options.