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Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Run "Docker" Containers with NVIDIA Enroot

Posted in HPC Blog on 05/11/2021 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Enroot is a simple and modern way to run "docker" or OCI containers. It provides an unprivileged user "sandbox" that integrates easily with a "normal" end user workflow. I like it for running development environments and especially for running NVIDIA NGC containers. In this post I'll go through steps for installing enroot and some simple usage examples including running NVIDIA NGC containers.


Mark Anthony Maninang (Technology Consultant)

Consultant's Corner: Future-proofing a Workstation for a Disney Animator

Posted in Blog on 05/04/2021 by Mark Anthony Maninang

Mark from our consulting team recently worked with a man working on animation projects for Disney. He was coming from the Mac and wanted to decrease his rendering times in Octane. Read on about how Mark tailored a workstation to meet his needs today and in the future.


Using an Old Boot Drive as a Storage Drive in Your New PC

Posted in Support Software Guides on 05/04/2021 by Michael Miller

This is a guide for safely formatting an old Windows boot drive and using it in a new Windows system as a secondary/tirtiary drive.


MetaHumans - a look past the Hype

Posted in Articles on 04/29/2021 by Kelly Shipman

Epic released their MetaHuman Creator tool in early access. Let's look past the social media hype and into what it actually offers, and who will be using it professionally.


Featured: Case Study with Robert Walker from Walker/Fitzgibbon TV & Film and Walkersound, Inc.

Posted in Featured Systems on 04/28/2021

Robert W. Walker is a legendary on-air personality in broadcasting. Walker began his media career while still in high school, when he landed a job as the youngest on-air personality ever on a #1-rated radio station in the mid-west.


A Look back at Puget Laptops

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 04/28/2021 by Ben Nelson

This article gives a glimpse of Puget System's history with laptops including why we no longer offer laptop models, what that means if you currently have a Puget Laptop, and if Puget Systems will ever carry laptops in the future.


Recommended Systems for Quiet Operation

Posted in Featured Systems on 04/24/2021

A computer that will transform your space into a quiet retreat. Serene yet uncompromisingly powerful. Experience the performance. Enjoy the silence.


Episode 77 - Live Q&A w/ Ben Nelson, Puget Systems Support Manager

Posted in News on 04/23/2021 by Houston Bennett

After last week's hiatus, we're joined by our Technical Support Manager, Ben Nelson is our special guest! We'll be talking about what sets our support team apart from the other guys, some common issues they've been seeing lately, in addition to taking and answering questions from the audience! Although our hope is that you will never have to call in to Support for assistance (we hope our machines operate at optimal performance out of the box and for many years without any hiccups) we realize that from time to time, you will need to reach out to us. Whether it is for assistance setting up or troubleshooting an issue with a newly purchased system or working to resolve issues with a system that has seen its share of years, we are more than happy to hear from you.


Kari Heckenlively (Shipping Technician)

Going Paperless at Puget Systems

Posted in Blog on 04/22/2021 by Kari Heckenlively

What changes can we make at Puget Systems to be a bit more gentle towards our planet? We are introducing one big change towards this goal.


Armando Ferreira - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Workstation

Posted in Landing Pages on 04/20/2021 by Oscar Tirado

Whether you are an aspiring artist or an industry veteran looking to do your best work, NVIDIA GPUs make it happen. Render quicker. Broadcast clearer. Edit videos better. From ray tracing and VR to AI-powered 8K video editing, NVIDIA GPUs in Studio laptops and desktops boost workflows. And they are backed by exclusive, free Studio Drivers that bring out the best in your creative apps.


Configuring Software RAID within Windows 10

Posted in Support Software Guides on 04/20/2021 by William George

Most computer users have no need for more than a single drive in their computer, or perhaps a few individual drives if additional storage space is required. There are certain workflows and use cases where features of a RAID - like larger total volume capacity or data redundancy - may be extremely helpful. For large arrays, redundant boot drives, or advanced RAID modes we strongly recommend using a dedicated hardware controller card, but for simple configurations like mirroring or pooling there are options within Windows 10 which can be used without needing special hardware. This guide will cover a couple of those options and how to set them up.


Jared Lewis (Technology Consultant)

Consultant's Corner: Can I Run Older Software on a new PC?

Posted in Blog on 04/20/2021 by Jared Lewis

How can we meet the news of a customer who has legacy software needs? Recently Jared faced this issue where a customer wanted to run an older version of Windows but also wanted a new system with older port options.


What H.264/H.265 Hardware Decoding is Supported in DaVinci Resolve Studio?

Posted in Articles on 04/15/2021 by Matt Bach

Davinci Resolve Studio supports hardware-based decoding for H.264 and H.265 (HEVC) which can significantly improve performance with these codecs, but not all "flavors" of these codecs are supported depending on the bit depth and chroma subsampling used. In addition, support can change depending on the capability of the hardware in your system. In order to determine exactly what is supported, we decided to do our own testing to see exactly what types of H.264/5 media has hardware decoding support in DaVinci Resolve Studio.


What H.264/H.265 Hardware Decoding is Supported in Premiere Pro?

Posted in Articles on 04/15/2021 by Matt Bach

Premiere Pro supports hardware-based decoding for H.264 and H.265 (HEVC) which can significantly improve performance with these codecs, but not all "flavors" of these codecs are supported depending on the bit depth and chroma subsampling used. In addition, support can change depending on the capability of the hardware in your system. In order to determine exactly what is supported, we decided to do our own testing to see exactly what types of H.264/5 media has hardware decoding support in Premiere Pro.


Stability and Security Improving With Windows 21H2, Coming Soon

Posted in Support Software Guides on 04/09/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

A major Windows 10 update coming later in 2021 could finally fix a big problem with the operating system, as it will move third-party drivers to an isolated folder on your hard drive.


Episode 76 - Live Q&A w/ Dr. Don Kinghorn, Scientific Computing Advisor

Posted in News on 04/09/2021 by Houston Bennett

This week Dr. Don Kinghorn joins us to talk about Intel oneAPI, Rocket Lake, Ice Lake, Nvidia GTC, and more! Dr. Kinghorn is our resident Ph.D. and scientist. He is the escalation point for questions concerning HPC, Scientific Computing, Machine Learning, AI, Linux System Administration, and Troubleshooting. He also works on hardware systems validation for scientific workloads and provides an internal educational resource for others here at Puget Systems.


Some Great Password Manager Options and Reasons to Use Them

Posted in Support Software Guides on 04/06/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

While we don't explicitly recommend using a Password manager, a lot of our customers use them so we thought it was important to provide our thoughts on the best options out there, the top features along with some common concerns.


An Introduction to VPNs (Virtual Private Networks)

Posted in Support Software Guides on 04/06/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

A VPN (virtual private network) is becoming the go-to solution for people all around the world. While the subject may seem confusing, we break it down in simpler terms and help provide some solutions that might work well for you!


Episode 75 - 11th Gen Intel CPU Launch Roundtable w/ Labs

Posted in News on 04/02/2021 by Houston Bennett

Intel has updated its mainstream, desktop product line with several new 11th Gen Intel Core processors. These CPUs offer higher performance per clock than earlier generations, making them well suited for single- and lightly-threaded workloads.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Intel Rocket Lake Compute Performance Results HPL HPCG NAMD and Numpy

Posted in HPC Blog on 03/31/2021 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

The new Intel Rocket Lake CPUs have been officially released. There were numerous posts and reviews before the official release date of March 30 2021, but I haven't seen anything about the numerical compute performance. I've had access to a Core-i9 11900KF 8-core CPU and have compared it with (my own) AMD 5800X system.


11th Gen Intel Core CPU Review Roundup

Posted in Articles on 03/30/2021 by Matt Bach

Intel's new 11th Gen Core processors are here, with significant improvements including an advertised 19% improvement in IPC (instructions per clock), but with a drop in total core count on the high end. This makes it hard to estimate how each model will perform in the real world without application and workflow specific benchmarking and testing.


Unreal Engine: 11th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Posted in Articles on 03/30/2021 by Kelly Shipman

Recently, Intel announced their new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake"). These new processors are marketed as having substantially better per-core performance compared to their previous 10th Gen Core models, however, their top-of-the-line CPU now has fewer cores. How will these new CPUs compare to AMD in Unreal Engine?


Cinema 4D: 11th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Posted in Articles on 03/30/2021 by Kelly Shipman

Recently, Intel announced their new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake"). These new processors are marketed as having substantially better per-core performance compared to their previous 10th Gen Core models, however, their top-of-the-line CPU now has fewer cores. How will these new CPUs compare to AMD in Cinema 4D?


V-Ray: 11th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Posted in Articles on 03/30/2021 by Kelly Shipman

Recently, Intel announced their new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake"). These new processors are marketed as having substantially better per-core performance compared to their previous 10th Gen Core models, however, their top-of-the-line CPU now has fewer cores. How will these new CPUs compare to AMD in V-Ray?


Agisoft Metashape 1.7.2: 11th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Posted in Articles on 03/30/2021 by William George

Intel has released their latest mainstream desktop CPU family, the 11th Gen Intel Core processors. We compare the top three models in this new lineup to the previous 10th Gen Core models and AMD's competing Ryzen 5000 Series in Agisoft Metashape.