Yesterday AMD/ATI unveiled new FireGL cards for workstations and today NVIDIA unveils a new Quadro Plex Visual Computing System Model S4 graphics server for remote graphics and offline rendering applications.
Designed for data-centric applications such as off-line rendering, remote graphics applications and embedded visual computing, the Quadro Plex Model S4 server takes visual compute density to new extremes by incorporating four NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 professional GPUs in an industry-standard 1U rack configuration; dynamically allocating compute, geometry, shading and pixel processing power for optimized GPU performance. GPU computing for visualization solves programming functionality available in the NVIDIA CUDA tool suite.
The Quadro Plex Model S4 is designed to serve high-quality interactive visualization of large models to multiple users. Its 6 GB frame buffer (1.5 GB per GPU) can process large textures with full-screen antialiasing while Shader Model 4.0 vertex and pixel programmability delivers ultra-realistic effects for OpenGL and DirectX 10 applications. The server’s accelerated 3D texture performance provides greater interactivity for the visualization of large volumetric datasets often required in energy and scientific research.