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Does RAM Capacity Affect RealityCapture Performance?

Posted in Articles on 06/26/2019 by William George

RealityCapture, like other photogrammetry applications, is built to take a batch of photographs and turn them into digital, 3D models. The algorithms used during that process are designed to be "out of core", meaning that not all of the data has to be loaded into system memory (RAM) at the same time - allowing for full processing without requiring a ton of available memory. Having more RAM can still be beneficial, though, so we decided to test how much impact it has on performance.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Install TensorFlow 2 beta1 (GPU) on Windows 10 and Linux with Anaconda Python (no CUDA install needed)

Posted in HPC Blog on 06/26/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

TensorFlow 2.0.0-beta1 is available now and ready for testing. What if you want to try it but don't want to mess with doing an NVIDIA CUDA install on your system. The official TensorFlow install documentations has you do that, but it's really not necessary.


Puget Systems at SIGGRAPH 2019

Posted in Landing Pages on 06/19/2019 by Eric Brown

In 2019, our continued goal is to get out there where our customers are to learn more about them, learn more about their workflow, and what the cutting edge technologies are being used those workflows. What better place to do that than SIGGRAPH?


How to Resolve KMODE Exception BSOD

Posted in Support Software Guides on 06/12/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

KMODE Exception. A very damaging BSOD that can come up at any time but is simple enough to install. Here we will guide you through the various ways to tackle this BSOD.


Backup Options Within Windows 10

Posted in Support Software Guides on 06/12/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

The following article will explain the different backup options built into windows. We also explain how to use them in order to keep your data secure.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

How To Run Remote Jupyter Notebooks with SSH on Windows 10

Posted in HPC Blog on 06/11/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Being able to run Jupyter Notebooks on remote systems adds tremendously to the versatility of your workflow. In this post I will show a simple way to do this by taking advantage of some nifty features of secure shell (ssh). What I'll do is mostly OS independent but I am putting an emphasis on Windows 10 since many people are not familiar with tools like ssh on that OS.


Threadripper 2990WX Photogrammetry Performance: Windows 10 1809 vs 1903 & CorePrio

Posted in Articles on 06/11/2019 by William George

When the performance of AMD's Threadripper processors is brought up, the discussion can often turn toward some of the oddities of this CPU's architecture and how it interacts with thread scheduling in Windows 10. That is something which AMD has attempted to improve with their Ryzen Master software, and which has been partially addressed by Microsoft as well (via Windows updates). Some folks in the wider AMD enthusiast community have tried to tackle this issue too.


Metashape 1.5.1: NVIDIA GeForce, Titan, and AMD Radeon Performance Comparison

Posted in Articles on 06/11/2019 by William George

Metashape, formerly known as PhotoScan, is a photogrammetry program that takes a set of images and combines them to create a 3D model or map. Processing of those images into point clouds and 3D meshes/textures is time-consuming, heavily using a computer's CPU and GPU. We have recently updated our benchmark tools to support Metashape, along with new image sets to test, so now we are taking a look at how different NVIDIA and AMD video cards perform in this application.


Pix4D 4.3 vs 4.4 Performance Differences

Posted in Articles on 06/11/2019 by William George

Pix4D is an advanced photogrammetry application, suited to a wide range of uses, with a focus on handling images captured by drone cameras. Processing of those images into point clouds and 3D meshes/textures is time-consuming, heavily using a computer's CPU and GPU. We have recently updated our benchmark tools for Pix4D, and published articles looking at CPU and GPU performance on version 4.3 - but in the midst of our testing, 4.4 was released. Is it any faster?


Puget Systems Adobe After Effects CC Benchmark

Posted in Articles on 06/10/2019 by Matt Bach

Updated 7-1-2019. Want to see how your system stacks up to the latest hardware? Download and run our After Effects benchmark that we use in our internal testing!


RealityCapture 1.0.3: NVIDIA GeForce and Titan Performance Comparison

Posted in Articles on 06/05/2019 by William George

RealityCapture, like other photogrammetry applications, is built to take a batch of photographs and turn them into digital, 3D models. The many steps involved in that process can take a lot of time, and utilize both the CPU and GPU at different points. We recently put together a benchmark tool for RealityCapture, and after looking at processor performance last week we are now diving into a comparison of the current NVIDIA GeForce and Titan video cards.


Recommended Systems for RealityCapture

Posted in Featured Systems on 06/05/2019

Turning photographs into 3D models with RealityCapture takes time, but our workstations are built specifically to minimize how long you are waiting on processing and to maximum your productivity. We have developed a benchmark for RealityCapture and tested it on a wide range of CPUs and video cards to find the combination of hardware that will give you the fastest results.


How to Remove Windows 10 Applications

Posted in Support Software Guides on 06/05/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

The following guide will demonstrate each way to remove applications in Windows 10


Recommended 3rd Party Backup Solutions for Windows 10

Posted in Support Software Guides on 06/05/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

The following article will cover some of our favorite 3rd party backup options available in Windows 10.


Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

How Customer Feedback Makes Us Better

Posted in Blog on 06/03/2019 by Brett Nordquist

At Puget Systems, we have both formal and informal avenues by which we collect feedback from our customers. In terms of informal feedback, customers speak to sales and support staff on a daily basis and often share their experiences about our people and products. Feedback like this might be shared with the team or escalated to a manager if there's an issue to which we need to react.


Pix4D 4.3: NVIDIA GeForce and Titan Performance Comparison

Posted in Articles on 05/31/2019 by William George

Pix4D is an advanced photogrammetry application, suited to a wide range of uses, with a focus on handling images captured by drone cameras. Processing of those images into point clouds and 3D meshes/textures is time-consuming, heavily using a computer's CPU and GPU. We have recently updated our benchmark tools for Pix4D, and now are taking a look at how different NVIDIA video cards perform in this program.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

How To Use SSH Client and Server on Windows 10

Posted in HPC Blog on 05/31/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

This post is a setup guide and introduction to ssh client and server on Windows 10. Microsoft has a native OpenSSH client AND server on Windows. They are standard (and in stable versions) on Windows 10 since the 1809 "October Update". This guide should helpful to both Windows and Linux users who want better interoperability.


Featured: Case Study with Predictive Engineering

Posted in Featured Systems on 05/29/2019

Clients approach Predictive Engineering with a design for a product which can range from satellites to submarines. We worked with them to create a workstation with enough power to handle their diverse workflow.


RealityCapture 1.0.3: Intel Core i7 & Core i9 vs AMD Threadripper Performance

Posted in Articles on 05/28/2019 by William George

RealityCapture, like other photogrammetry applications, is built to take a batch of photographs and turn them into digital, 3D models. The many steps involved in that process can take a lot of time, and utilize both the CPU and GPU at different points. We recently put together a benchmark tool for RealityCapture, and in our first article focusing on this software we are going to take a look at how Intel's Core i7 and i9 processors stack up against AMD's Threadripper chips.


Metashape 1.5.1: Intel Core i7 & Core i9 vs AMD Threadripper Performance

Posted in Articles on 05/28/2019 by William George

Metashape, formerly known as PhotoScan, is a photogrammetry program that takes a set of images and combines them to create a 3D model or map. Processing of those images into point clouds and 3D meshes/textures is time-consuming, heavily using a computer's CPU and GPU. We have updated our benchmark tools, following the recent rebranding of this software, so in our first article focusing on the new Metashape we will take a look at how Intel's Core i7 and i9 processors stack up against AMD's Threadripper chips.


Pix4D 4.3: Intel Core i7 & Core i9 vs AMD Threadripper Performance

Posted in Articles on 05/27/2019 by William George

Pix4D is an advanced photogrammetry application, suited to a wide range of uses, with a focus on handling images captured by drone cameras. Processing of those images into point clouds and 3D meshes/textures is time-consuming, heavily using a computer's CPU and GPU. We have recently updated our benchmark tools for Pix4D, so lets take a look at how Intel's Core i7 and i9 processors stack up against AMD's Threadripper.


Let's Install 1903! Windows 10, May 2019 Update Now Available

Posted in Support Software Guides on 05/22/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

If you're like me you've been waiting for the May 2019 update with emotional anticipation. We have already covered some of the features coming in this update so this article will provide some guidance on how to install it and get rolling!


Windows 10 Zero-Day Exploit Released

Posted in Support Software Guides on 05/22/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

SandboxEscaper, a security researcher has released a new Windows LPE zero-day


Windows 10 Security Patch Slowed Intel Core i9 9900K in Pix4D, Metashape, & RealityCapture

Posted in Articles on 05/20/2019 by William George

Over the last couple of years, several new vulnerabilities have been found in modern microprocessor architectures. Many of these have been related to speculative execution techniques used across most of Intel's product line, and a patch was released for Windows 10 last week which was intended to address some of those weaknesses. Unfortunately, it has also reduced performance in some applications - which this article will demonstrate by comparing processing speed in three photogrammetry programs before and after the update.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

How To Install Docker and NVIDIA-Docker on Ubuntu 19.04

Posted in HPC Blog on 05/07/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Being able to get Docker and the NVIDIA-Docker runtime working on Ubuntu 19.04 makes this new and (currently) mostly unsupported Linux distribution a lot more useful. In this post I'll go through the steps that I used to get everything working nicely.