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Keyboard and Mouse Considerations

Posted in Articles on 03/19/2018 by Jeff Stubbers

Looking for Keyboard and Mouse? These are some things to be aware of before making your choice.

 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

TensorFlow Introduction What is TensorFlow

Posted in HPC Blog on 03/16/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

TensorFlow is on it's way to becoming the "standard" framework for machine learning. There are many reasons for that, and, it is not just for machine learning! In this post I'll give a descriptive introduction to TensorFlow. This is the first post in a series on how to work with TensorFlow. Hopefully after reading thsi you will have a better understanding of the What? and Why? of TensorFlow.

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The Storm That Is Fortnite

Posted in Blog on 03/16/2018 by Brett Nordquist

It's been a few years since a game caught the interest of my family. I worked in sales at Puget Systems when I began hearing customers mention a game called Minecraft. The simple, blocky nature of the game carried over to the hardware requirements. Minecraft didn't require a high-end gaming rig. My three oldest couldn't get enough of building homes, trying to stay alive and setting anything they could find on fire with lava.

DaVinci Resolve 14 Performance: Windows vs Linux

Posted in Articles on 03/16/2018 by Matt Bach

Linux is often considered the operating system of choice for power users, but does DaVinci Resolve actually perform any better in it than in Windows? Even if it does, is it enough to compensate for Linux's much higher learning curve?

GPU Technology Conference 2018

Posted in Landing Pages on 03/15/2018 by Eric Brown

Puget Systems will be exhibiting at this year's GPU Technology Conference, March 26th - 29th. We will be displaying our new GPU accelerated workstations including those for photogrammetry, rendering, virtual reality and machine learning. Come meet with us at Booth #705!

 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

NAMD Performance on Xeon-Scalable 8180 and 8 GTX 1080Ti GPUs

Posted in HPC Blog on 03/09/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

This post will look at the molecular dynamics program, NAMD. NAMD has good GPU acceleration but is heavily dependent on CPU performance as well. It achieves best performance when there is a proper balance between CPU and GPU. The system under test has 2 Xeon 8180 28-core CPU's. That's the current top of the line Intel processor. We'll see how many GPU's we can add to those Xeon 8180 CPU's to get optimal CPU/GPU compute balance with NAMD.

After Effects CC 2018 CPU Comparison: Intel 8th Gen vs X-series vs Ryzen vs Threadripper

Posted in Articles on 03/08/2018 by Matt Bach

After Effects is a tricky application when it comes to choosing a CPU as there are many factors that come into play. Not only is there raw rendering performance, but the new integration with Cinema4D and even the amount of system RAM you need all play a role in determining what CPU is the ideal choice for your workflow.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 GPU Comparison: Monster (Sized) Model

Posted in Articles on 03/06/2018 by William George

Following up on our previous article about SOLIDWORKS 2018 GPU performance, we have been provided with an extremely complex assembly that finally shows some performance difference between low- and high-end video cards within the same family. Armed with this 4372 part, 40.9 million triangle model we ran through testing on multiple Quadro and Radeon Pro graphics cards to see how they handle such a monstrously large project.

DaVinci Resolve 14 GPU Scaling: Core i9 vs Xeon W vs Dual Xeon SP

Posted in Articles on 03/06/2018 by Matt Bach

Blackmagic's DaVinci Resolve is known for how well it utilizes multiple GPUs to improve performance, but is this still true with cards like the new NVIDIA Titan V? And do you really need a Xeon or Dual Xeon setup to get the best performance possible?

Workstations with PNY Quadro

Posted in Landing Pages on 03/02/2018 by Jon Bach

Designed and built specifically for professional workstations, NVIDIA Quadro GPUs power more than 200 professional applications across a broad range of industries including manufacturing, media and entertainment, sciences, and energy. Professionals trust them to realize their most ambitious visions

 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

TensorFlow Scaling on 8 1080Ti GPUs - Billion Words Benchmark with LSTM on a Docker Workstation Configuration

Posted in HPC Blog on 03/02/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

In this post I present some Multi-GPU scaling tests running TensorFlow on a very nice system with 8 1080Ti GPU's. I use the Docker Workstation setup that I have recently written about. The job I ran for this testing was the "Billion Words Benchmark" using an LSTM model. Results were very good and better than expected.

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How-To Setup NVIDIA Docker and NGC Registry on your Workstation - Part 5 Docker Performance and Resource Tuning

Posted in HPC Blog on 02/23/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

This should be the last post in this series dealing with the Docker setup for accessing the NVIDIA NCG Docker registry on your workstation. There are a couple of configuration tuning changes that you may want to make. These will improve performance and ensure that you have proper system "user limit" resources to handle large application and job runs with docker.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 GPU Comparison: What Is the Meaning of This?

Posted in Articles on 02/21/2018 by William George

Despite how popular SOLIDWORKS is, there is a lot of outdated and simply inaccurate information on the web regarding what video card you should use. For this article I tested multiple graphics cards from the Quadro, GeForce, and Radeon Pro families at both 1080p and 4K resolutions - and quickly found that either things are now a lot simpler than in my past experience, or else something is no longer up to snuff regarding how we have tested SOLIDWORKS GPU performance in the past.

Recommended Systems for Tensorflow or NVIDIA DIGITS/Caffe

Posted in Featured Systems on 02/20/2018

Our NVIDIA DIGITS machine learning configurations are single CPU, multi-GPU workstations optimized for deep-learning workloads. These are great platforms for working with Tensorflow, Caffe and Torch and the DIGITS web interfacea as well as other frameworks like CNTK, MXNet, etc.. We have two base recommendations to meet performance and budget requirements.

Premiere Pro CC 2018 Workstation GPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/16/2018 by Matt Bach

If your workflow depends on having 10-bit color support on your primary display, using a workstation graphics card is typically the only way to do so since most consumer cards do not support displaying 10-bit color. But do you really need a Quadro P6000 or can you use a much less expensive card like the Quadro P4000 or Radeon Pro WX 9100 without sacrificing very much performance?

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How-To Setup NVIDIA Docker and NGC Registry on your Workstation - Part 4 Accessing the NGC Registry

Posted in HPC Blog on 02/16/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

This post will go through how to get access to the NVIDIA NGC container registry on your workstation. The first 3 posts in this series gave instructions on how to install and configure a base Ubuntu 16.04 workstation system with Docker and NVIDIA-Docker for a usable work-flow. With that taken care of we can get setup to use the many useful docker images in the NGC container registry for your local system.

How to Choose the Right Monitor

Posted in Articles on 02/12/2018 by Jeff Stubbers

Choosing a monitor may seem pretty basic, however, there are several things to consider to make sure you get the right monitor for your specific needs.

DaVinci Resolve 14 GPU Performance: NVIDIA Titan V 12GB

Posted in Articles on 02/09/2018 by Matt Bach

The NVIDIA Titan V has many the features that are not useful in DaVinci Resolve, but it's raw power allows it to give the highest single GPU playback performance of any GPU we have every tested.

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How-To Setup NVIDIA Docker and NGC Registry on your Workstation - Part 3 Setup User-Namespaces

Posted in HPC Blog on 02/09/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

In this post I'll go through setting up Docker to use User-Namespaces. This is a very important step to achieving a comfortable docker work-flow on a personal Workstation. I will show you how to configure Docker so that instead of files and processes being owned by root they will be owned by your personal user account. This will make using Docker containers on your system safer and feel much the same as a "normally" installed application.

Lightroom Classic CC Version 7.2 Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/08/2018 by Matt Bach

The initial release of Lightroom Classic CC gave us some great performance gains, but the Lightroom team is not done yet. With the new 7.2 update, we once again get some terrific performance improvements, this time with an emphasis on improved multi-core performance using high core count CPUs in a number of tasks.

Is Your Computer Not Waking from Sleep?

Posted in Support Software Guides on 02/07/2018 by Geno Rosario

We're seeing many reports of sleep issues that can often be resolved quickly if you know where to look.

Premiere Pro CC 2018 GPU Performance: NVIDIA Titan V 12GB

Posted in Articles on 02/07/2018 by Matt Bach

The NVIDIA Titan V is an interesting and powerful card with a mix of features that should improve performance and features that are completely unused by Premiere Pro. The raw power of this card makes it the fastest GPU we've testing for Exporting, but it unfortunately is not quite as impressive when it comes to Live Playback performance.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 CPU Comparison: Coffee Lake vs Skylake-X vs Threadripper

Posted in Articles on 02/04/2018 by William George

Dassault Systemes launched the initial version of SOLIDWORKS 2018 (SP0.1) late last year, but with the recent release of SP1 we expect that customers will soon be using it in production environments. In preparation for that, we have tested the field of current Intel Core i7 and i9 processors to see how they stack up in SW 2018. We hadn't yet had a chance to test AMD's Threadripper processors in SOLIDWORKS either, so they are also included in this round of benchmarks.

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How-To Setup NVIDIA Docker and NGC Registry on your Workstation - Part 2 Docker and NVIDIA-Docker-v2

Posted in HPC Blog on 02/02/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

This post will build on top of the base systems setup described in Part1. We will go through installing,configuring and testing Docker and NVIDIA-Docker version 2.

How to Protect Your System from Viruses/Malware

Posted in Articles on 02/02/2018 by Beth Smasal

A helpful overview of the many ways you can protect your system from malware and keep your data safe.