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Welcome to Windows 10

Posted in Support Software Guides on 01/27/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

New to Windows 10? This article will cover the details about W10 and it's functions/features available. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with your new OS.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Note: Setup Git for PowerShell on Windows 10

Posted in HPC Blog on 01/24/2020 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

How to setup PowerShell nicely for using git with command completion and color highlighted shell prompt git status/action notifications.


Featured: Case Study with Belle & Wissell

Posted in Featured Systems on 01/21/2020

Belle & Wissell is an independent design studio that was founded in 2003 by our Studio Principal, Gabe Kean. They are best known for their work creating interactive exhibits for museums, branded environments, and architecturally significant spaces.


Windows 7 to 10 Transition FAQ

Posted in Support Software Guides on 01/20/2020 by Ben Nelson

As we pass January 14th 2020 Windows 7 security updates have ended. Here are the the common support request questions we've been gathering during the transition time.


Basic Guide to Testing Memory in Ubuntu

Posted in Support Software Guides on 01/16/2020 by Ben Bohnen

A bad stick of RAM can cause a system to become unstable and crash frequently. One of the first steps that you can take in troubleshooting frequent crashing is to run a memory diagnostics test. This article will demonstrate how to access Memtest86+ in your Ubuntu install.


Is Linux Right for Me?

Posted in Support Software Guides on 01/10/2020 by Ben Bohnen

This article will cover if transiting over to a Linux operating system would be a good option for you. We want to help arm you with some foundational information regarding Linux and provide an understand about what to expect before making a transition.


New Features You Should Be Excited About in Windows 10 1909

Posted in Support Software Guides on 01/06/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

There are a number of new features coming with the 1909 update even though they are technically already built into the current version of Windows. Microsoft is 'unlocking' them with the 1909 update and you should be excited!


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Notes on "Notes" (new blog post format)

Posted in HPC Blog on 12/31/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Starting 2020 off with an addition to my writing, "micro blogging" via GitHub Gists


Featured: NVIDIA RTX Studio Desktop

Posted in Featured Systems on 12/30/2019

RTX Studio PC for content creation


Monitoring Your GPUs Temperatures at All Times

Posted in Support Software Guides on 12/20/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Monitoring your GPU temperatures is important. We would like to cover a few applications we think provide the best solutions and easiest usability.


What is the Best CPU for Rendering (2019)

Posted in Articles on 12/20/2019 by William George

For CPU-based rendering engines, the processor is by far the most important hardware choice when building or buying a workstation. What is the best choice among all the new CPUs that were launched in 2019, though? We've tested a wide range of chips so that we can provide that answer to you, so read on to find out!


What is the Best CPU for Photogrammetry (2019)

Posted in Articles on 12/20/2019 by William George

Picking the processor, or CPU, is one of the most important decisions when building or buying a workstation - but there are dozens of options to pick from at any given point, with varying specifications and price points, so making the right choice isn't always clear-cut. We've tested all of the latest processors from Intel and AMD across three popular photogrammetry applications to help you know what the best choice is for your next system.


DaVinci Resolve Studio 16.1.2 Update - RED SDK improvements

Posted in Articles on 12/19/2019 by Matt Bach

The latest version of DaVinci Resolve (16.1.2) includes an update to the latest RED SDK which is supposed to greatly improve performance when working with R3D files in DaVinci Resolve. But exactly how much of an impact does this make in the real world? (Hint: it is a lot!)


PugetBench for Lightroom Classic

Posted in Articles on 12/17/2019 by Matt Bach

Updated 12/17/2019. Want to see how your system performs in Adobe Lightroom Classic? Download and run our free public Lightroom Classic benchmark to see how your system compares to the latest hardware.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

NVIDIA (Computing Hardware) Company of the Decade!

Posted in HPC Blog on 12/13/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

It's the end of the 2010's and start of 2020's. Time to reflect ...


Recent update causing NAS access issues

Posted in Support Software Guides on 12/13/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

A recent update (likely 1903) has moderately increased security for accessing network and external drives. The Windows credentials manager controls the access and is easily edited to solve the problem.


Webinar: How To Choose The Right Hardware For Lightroom Classic

Posted in Landing Pages on 12/12/2019 by Eric Brown

In this 45 minute webinar, Matt Bach will go over all the individual parts that go into a workstation, explaining what each does and how Lightroom Classic uses them. We will help you separate fact from fiction and make you aware of "marketing buzzwords" that are either misleading or flat-out lies.


Mouse Lag Got You Down? We Fix it!

Posted in Support Software Guides on 12/12/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

We have identified a problem with a number of NVIDIA GPU drivers and Windows 10; we are providing the solution here along with some other possible solutions to general mouse performance issues.


PugetBench for Premiere Pro

Posted in Articles on 12/11/2019 by Matt Bach

Updated 12/11/2019. Want to see how your system performs in Adobe Premiere Pro? Download and run our free public Premiere Pro benchmark to see how your system compares to the latest hardware.


PugetBench for AERender (After Effects Render Node)

Posted in Articles on 12/11/2019 by Matt Bach

Updated 12/11/2019. Do you use After Effects with multiprocessing plugins or homemade scripts like BG Renderer Max or RenderGarden to improve rendering performance? Want to see how your system stacks up to the latest hardware? Download and run the AERender benchmark that we use in our internal testing!


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

SC19 A look at the high end of HPC

Posted in HPC Blog on 12/10/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

The Super Computing conference annual US counterpart is always a great meeting. It's a chance to see the trend and get sentiment for the highest performance end of computing. I have written up a few observations and provided a few interesting links for SC19.


PugetBench for After Effects

Posted in Articles on 12/10/2019 by Matt Bach

Updated 1/17/2020. Want to see how your system performs in Adobe After Effects? Download and run our free public After Effects benchmark to see how your system compares to the latest hardware.


PugetBench for Photoshop

Posted in Articles on 12/10/2019 by Matt Bach

Updated 12/9/2019. Want to see how your system performs in Adobe Photoshop? Download and run our free public Photoshop benchmark to see how your system compares to the latest hardware.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

How To Use MKL with AMD Ryzen and Threadripper CPU's (Effectively) for Python Numpy (And Other Applications)

Posted in HPC Blog on 11/27/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

In this post I'm going to show you a simple way to significantly speedup Python numpy compute performance on AMD CPU's when using Anaconda Python.


What is the Best CPU for Video Editing (2019)

Posted in Articles on 11/27/2019 by Matt Bach

Your CPU is one of the most important parts in your workstation, but picking which CPU to use can be an overwhelming task with literally hundreds of options to choose from. In this post, we will be discussing what the best CPU is to use for a video editing workstation while keeping things at a relatively high level so that it can help answer the question for anyone - regardless on how much they keep up with the latest tech.