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Matt Bach (Senior Puget Labs Technician)

Adjusting to Working from Home - Matt in Labs

Posted in Blog on 03/30/2020 by Matt Bach

With the all the COVID-19 quarantining going on in Washington state, I have now been working out of my home office for about 3 weeks. In the spirit of helping those who are either working from home for the first time, or simply not used to doing so full time, I thought I would share my setup and strategies on how to be productive from home.

Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

A week of ups and downs

Posted in Blog on 03/27/2020 by Kelly Shipman

This was a pretty wild week. Well… as wild as being stuck at home writing code can be.

William George (Puget Labs Technician)

Adjusting to Working from Home - William in Labs

Posted in Blog on 03/26/2020 by William George

This is the first entry in a series of blog posts from various folks here at Puget Systems, showing how each of us are coping with the changes to our normal life and work routines during the COVID-19 quarantine. In this installment, William George shows his work-from-home setup and talks about the struggle to focus on work in the midst of a family of five.

Featured: Work from Home PC

Posted in Featured Systems on 03/25/2020

A general-purpose PC for working from home

Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

Working Remotely Part 2

Posted in Blog on 03/22/2020 by Brett Nordquist

Nearly seven years ago, I began working remotely when I moved my family from Auburn, Washington to St. George, Utah. I knew a few people who worked from home, but the practice wasn't as accepted by in 2013 as it is today. Given my background in software, I spent a few weeks researching the tools that I'd need to make the transition to a home office. That I worked for a tech-savvy manager and owner at Puget Systems, helped immensely, and both showed a lot of patience as I worked through gathering the right hardware and software tools to do my job.

Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

Making the benchmark more flexible

Posted in Blog on 03/20/2020 by Kelly Shipman

With much of the scripting done, I turn my attention to making the benchmark somewhat customizable.

Secure Boot

Posted in Support Software Guides on 03/13/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Secure Boot is a feature designed to allow checks for malware during the system boot and while it can protect you, it also has the potential to cause problems.

Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

The Search for Scripts Continues

Posted in Blog on 03/13/2020 by Kelly Shipman

After a couple weeks of smooth sailing, things get a bit rocky.

Trouble Activating Microsoft Office? There is a Solution!

Posted in Support Software Guides on 03/11/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

When we send a system out pre-loaded with Microsoft Office, chances are it is already activated but in the rare occurrence that you are having troubles, check out this article for detailed solutions.

Jon Bach (President)

Puget Systems Response to Coronavirus

Posted in Blog on 03/10/2020 by Jon Bach

The spread of COVD-19 is having significant impact on our company, and the computer industry as a whole. In this post, I'll fill you in on what's happening, and what we are doing to mitigate the impact, and keep YOU up and running!

Installing Linux Alongside Windows: I Too Like to Live Dangerously

Posted in Support Software Guides on 03/10/2020 by Ben Bohnen

Not yet ready to make the full switch-over to Windows or Linux? We are discussing using a dual boot setup to allow access to multiple operating systems. This article will basic do’s and don’ts of dual-booting Linux alongside Windows.

Webinar: AMD Threadripper 3rd Gen HPC Parallel Performance and Scaling

Posted in Landing Pages on 03/09/2020

In this 45 minute webinar, Dr. Donald Kinghorn will go over recent HPC testing on the latest AMD Threadripper processors. These extraordinary many-core processors present opportunity and challenges for high performance workstation use. The talk will present testing results and methods. Bring your questions and curiosity!

Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Threadripper 3990x vs 3970x Performance and Scaling (HPL, Numpy, NAMD plus GPUs)

Posted in HPC Blog on 03/06/2020 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Is 32-cores enough? I had some testing time again on an AMD Threadripper 32-core 3970x and thought it would be interesting to compare that to the 64-core 3990x. In this post I take a comparative look at parallel performance and scaling for HPL Linpack, Python numpy and the NAMD molecular dynamics program.

Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

Scripting in 3ds Max

Posted in Blog on 03/06/2020 by Kelly Shipman

This week we continue the development of a new benchmark and dive into scripting within 3ds Max

Unsupported: How to Make Dual NVLink Work on Windows 10

Posted in Articles on 03/04/2020 by William George

NVIDIA does not consider dual NVLink - using two pairs of cards, each connected via a NVLink bridge and enabled via SLI - to be a supported configuration with GeForce cards in Windows, but some driver releases do allow it to function. This article will look at how to get that working, if you really must have it, and why we are not offering it on our workstations here at Puget Systems.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP1 CPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/28/2020 by William George

With the recent release of SOLIDWORKS 2020's first service pack, as well as multiple new CPU launches from Intel and AMD in the past few months, we thought it would be a good time to do a roundup of processor performance in modeling, rendering, and simulations within SOLIDWORKS.

Utility to backup, restore, or clear Adobe CC preferences

Posted in Support Software Guides on 02/28/2020 by Matt Bach

Clearing application preferences is often one of the first steps when troubleshooting a software issue, but if it does not resolve the issue, you typically will want to have a backup of your preferences that you can restore. This functionality is not built into Adobe apps by default, so we created a small utility that can backup, restore, or clear application preferences from many of the most popular Creative Cloud applications.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP1 GPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/28/2020 by William George

With the recent release of SOLIDWORKS 2020's first service pack, we thought it would be a good time to do a roundup of NVIDIA Quadro video card performance with regards to modeling in SOLIDWORKS.

Setting up Devices With Your New PC

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 02/28/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Moving from Mac 2 PC can be stressful enough without worrying about peripherals. Follow some basic advice and your migration will be exciting instead!

Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

Developing a New 3ds Max Benchmark

Posted in Blog on 02/28/2020 by Kelly Shipman

An ongoing series on creating a benchmark, from inception to completion. This week, identifying areas of 3ds Max that hardware creates slowdowns or bottlenecks.

Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Threadripper 3990x 64-core Parallel Scaling

Posted in HPC Blog on 02/25/2020 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

64 cores is a lot of cores! How well will parallel applications scale on that many cores? The answer, of course, is, it depends on the application. In this post I look at Amdhal's Law parallel scaling for HPL Linpack, Python numpy and the NAMD molecular dynamics program.

Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

3D Artist Joins the Labs Team

Posted in Blog on 02/25/2020 by Kelly Shipman

As the newest member of the Puget Systems Labs team, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself and give a brief glimpse into what we have planned.

PugetBench for Adobe Creative Cloud

Posted in Articles on 02/25/2020 by Matt Bach

The free version of our benchmarks allow individuals to evaluate the performance of their own systems in popular Adobe Creative Cloud applications like Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. However, for commercial use (system reviewers, hardware/software developers, workstation manufacturers, etc.), we have but specific commercial use versions that include features that are often desired such as command line automation, result logging, and email support.

Press Release: Puget Systems Launches PugetBench for Adobe Creative Cloud

Posted in News on 02/25/2020 by Eric Brown

Auburn, WA (February 25, 2020) - Puget Systems (www.pugetsystems.com) today announced a new initiative - the PugetBench for Adobe® Creative Cloud®- to address the need for comprehensive, repeatable and consistent benchmark testing for the most popular applications used by creative professionals. These benchmarks are designed to thoroughly test many of Adobe's most popular applications using real-world projects and workflows, and the latest CPU, GPU, and other hardware components.

Jeff Stubbers (Technology Consultant Lead)

I run both Lightroom and Photoshop, which hardware should I choose?

Posted in Blog on 02/24/2020 by Jeff Stubbers

Puget Systems lists Recommended Systems for Photoshop, and Recommended Systems for Lightroom. This is great when you are just running one of those programs, but which hardware should I use if I run both Lightroom & Photoshop?