(HPC and Scientific Computing)

How to Install Anaconda Python and First Steps for Linux and Windows

Posted in HPC Blog on 03/28/2017 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post titled Should You Learn to Program with Python. If you read that and decided the answer is yes then this post is for you.


Featured: Case Study with Spot Media Production Group

Posted in Featured Systems on 03/22/2017

Puget Systems helped Spot MPG move from Mac to PC for their post-production / video editing needs.


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Docker and NVIDIA-docker on your workstation: Using Graphical Applications

Posted in HPC Blog on 03/21/2017 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

You can use graphical application with Docker and NVIDIA-Docker by attaching your X-Window server socket to a container. And, it can be done in a relatively safe and secure way. I will take advantage of the Docker security and usability enhancements from the configuration with User-Namespaces that we setup in the previous post and show you how to run a CUDA application with OpenGL output support.


Featured: Case Study with Corridor Digital

Posted in Featured Systems on 03/21/2017

Corridor Digital uses a workstation from Puget Systems for their intensive VFX and to significantly decrease their rendering times with Octane Render.


Premiere Pro CC 2017 Mac Pro vs PC Performance

Posted in Articles on 03/20/2017 by Matt Bach

In this article we will be examining how the top-end Mac Pro (late 2013) compares to two of our Premiere Pro workstation configurations. These two PC workstations were designed to represent both a great value option (priced at roughly half the cost of the Mac Pro) as well as the best overall performance possible with modern hardware.


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Windows 7: The End is Nigh

Posted in Blog on 03/16/2017 by William George

Windows 7 updates are being limited by Microsoft on the latest processor platforms, and in combination with the other issues we've seen lately when installing Windows 7 we are now only listing it as an option on well-supported configurations... until we run out of licenses, then it's over.


Premiere Pro CC 2017 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Performance

Posted in Articles on 03/15/2017 by Matt Bach

The latest video cards often get a lot of press, but unfortunately for content creators (and other professionals), it is almost impossible to find any non-gaming benchmarks. In this article we will be looking at the GTX 1080 TI to see how it perform compared to the GTX 1080 and Titan X video cards in Premiere Pro CC 2017.


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NVIDIA GTX 1080Ti Performance for Machine Learning -- as Good as TitanX?

Posted in HPC Blog on 03/14/2017 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

How good is the NVIDIA GTX 1080Ti for CUDA accelerated Machine Learning workloads? About the same as the TitanX! I ran a Deep Neural Network training calculation on a million image dataset using both the new GTX 1080Ti and a Titan X Pascal GPU and got very similar runtimes.


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In Search of Competition

Posted in Blog on 03/10/2017 by Brett Nordquist

While speaking to our customers, I'm often asked why we don't carry a specific brand or type of product. For example, AMD recently released a CPU called Ryzen that competes with Intel CPUs. AMD is positioning these chips as comparable to Intel's offerings but at a lower price. Some customers are interested in how these new chips stack up.


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Docker and NVIDIA-docker on your workstation: Setup User Namespaces

Posted in HPC Blog on 03/10/2017 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

In this third post on Docker and Nvidia-Docker we will configure "kernel user namespaces" for use with Docker. This will increase the security and usability of Docker on your desktop. This is a relatively new feature in Docker and is a key component for the viability of "Docker on your workstation".


Premiere Pro CC 2017 AMD Ryzen 7 1700X & 1800X Performance

Posted in Articles on 03/03/2017 by Matt Bach

With the new Ryzen CPUs from AMD, the main question everyone wants to know is how much faster they are compared to the old CPUs. In this article, we will be tackling this question in terms of Premiere Pro performance by examining how the new Ryzen 7 1700X and 1800X perform compared to their Intel counterparts.


Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.8 AMD Ryzen 7 1700X & 1800X Performance

Posted in Articles on 03/03/2017 by Matt Bach

CPUs often get a lot of press and reviews, but unfortunately for content creators (and other professionals), it is almost impossible to find relevant non-gaming benchmarks to help you decide what CPU to purchase. In this article we will be looking at the new AMD Ryzen CPUs to see how they perform compared to their Intel counterparts.


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Should You Learn to Program with Python

Posted in HPC Blog on 03/02/2017 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

The short answer to that question is, yes. If you want to know why you would want to do that then read on.


SOLIDWORKS 2017 AMD Ryzen 7 1700X & 1800X Performance

Posted in Articles on 03/02/2017 by Matt Bach

Whenever there is a new generation of CPUs launched, the main question everyone wants to know is how fast they are. While most reviews focus on gaming performance with a smattering of production benchmarks, in this article we will be looking exclusively at how Ryzen performs in SOLIDWORKS.


Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 AMD Ryzen 7 1700X & 1800X Performance

Posted in Articles on 03/02/2017 by Matt Bach

Whenever there is a new generation of CPUs launched, the main question everyone wants to know is how fast they are. In the case of AMD's Ryzen, there are also a lot of questions surrounding how they compare to the offerings available from Intel. For quite a while now, Intel has held a dominant position in nearly every computing market but there is a lot of hype around Ryzen due to the fact that you can get eight CPUs cores for half the cost of an eight core Intel CPU.


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Docker and NVIDIA-docker on your workstation: Installation

Posted in HPC Blog on 02/24/2017 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

In this second post on Docker and Nvidia-Docker we will do an install and setup on an Ubuntu 16.04 workstation.


Recommended Systems for Panopto

Posted in Featured Systems on 02/19/2017

Leveraging our years of experience producting quiet desktops and rackmount systems, we have worked directly with Panopto to design and implement servers configured specifically for the Panopto video platform. With enterprise class hardware, and our extreme attention to detail and quality control, our solutionss are not only quiet but extremely reliable as well.


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I Got Schooled by a Group of 7th Graders

Posted in Blog on 02/17/2017 by Brett Nordquist

If you're feeling overconfident in your public speaking skills, step into a class full of 7th graders. They are a tough crowd. That's what I did last week when my daughter's "Career & Technology" teacher asked me speak to her class about my work in technology. I prepared a 15-minute presentation that covered my years at Microsoft, a couple of startups, and positions at Puget Systems.


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Docker and NVIDIA-docker on your workstation: Motivation

Posted in HPC Blog on 02/16/2017 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Docker containers together with the NVIDIA-docker can provide relief from dependency and configuration difficulties when setting up GPU accelerated machine learning environments on a workstation. In this post I will discuss motivation for considering this.


Featured: Case Study for Vomund Photography

Posted in Featured Systems on 02/15/2017

Vomund Photography uses a workstation from Puget Systems to deliver professional photography services for home builders, interior designers, architects, and land developers.


How Much Faster is a Modern Workstation for Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.8?

Posted in Articles on 02/15/2017 by Matt Bach

There is no doubt that a modern workstations are incredibly fast, but it can be difficult to determine how much of a performance gain you might see if you were to replace your 2,3,4, or 5 year old workstation. To try to answer this question as objectively as we can, we decided to benchmark five workstations using the highest end components over the past 6 years to see how they compare in Lightroom 2015.8


Photoshop CC 2017 NVIDIA Quadro GPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/15/2017 by Matt Bach

Video cards often get a lot of press and reviews, but unfortunately the professional cards such as the NVIDIA Quadro cards often get overlooked. In this article we will be looking at the current Quadro lineup to see how they perform in Photoshop.


Photoshop CC 2017 NVIDIA GeForce GPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/15/2017 by Matt Bach

Video cards often get a lot of press and reviews, but unfortunately for content creators (and other professionals), it is almost impossible to find any relevant non-gaming benchmarks to help you decide what card to purchase. In this article we will be looking at the GTX 1000 series cards and the Pascal Titan X to see how they perform in Photoshop.


Recommended Systems for Autodesk Maya

Posted in Featured Systems on 02/15/2017

Creating models, adding rigging, and performing animations in Maya needs a responsive workstation in order to allow your creative process to flow. Our recommended systems are designed to allow you to do your work without any hardware bottlenecks.


How Much Faster is a Modern Workstation for Adobe Photoshop CC 2017?

Posted in Articles on 02/14/2017 by Matt Bach

There is no doubt that a modern workstations are incredibly fast, but it can be difficult to determine how much of a performance gain you might see if you were to replace your 2,3,4, or 5 year old workstation. To try to answer this question as objectively as we can, we decided to benchmark five workstations using the highest end components over the past 6 years to see how they compare in Photoshop 2017