NVIDIA introduces its Maximus workstation concept:
After 25 years of design and creative professionals anticipating a workstation that simultaneously performs complex analysis and visualization, NVIDIA announced today its arrival, with the introduction of NVIDIA(R) Maximus(TM) technology.
The new offering unleashes productivity and creativity, dramatically accelerating work by enabling a single system for the first time to simultaneously handle interactive graphics and the compute-intensive number crunching associated with the simulation or rendering of the results. These previously needed to be done in separate steps or on separate systems.
NVIDIA Maximus achieves this by bringing together the professional 3D graphics capability of NVIDIA Quadro(R) professional graphics processing units (GPUs) with the massive parallel-computing power of the NVIDIA Tesla(TM) C2075 companion processor -- under a unified technology that transparently assigns work to the right processor and is certified by industry leading application vendors.
"To those of us who have spent their careers focused on workstations, NVIDIA Maximus represents a revolution," said Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Solutions Group, NVIDIA. "Previous workstation architectures forced designers and engineers to do compute-intensive work and graphics-intensive work serially and often offline. They can now do them at the same time, on the same machine, allowing professionals to explore more ideas faster and converge quickly on the best possible answers."
With NVIDIA Maximus-enabled applications -- such as those from Adobe, ANSYS, Autodesk, Bunkspeed, Dassault Systemes and MathWorks -- GPU compute work is assigned to run on the NVIDIA Tesla companion processor. This frees up the NVIDIA Quadro GPU to handle graphics functions, ensuring the quality and performance demanded by professional users.
"The real advantage of the Maximus technology is flexibility and increased productivity," said Tim Ong, vice president of Mechanical Engineering for Sunnyvale, CA-based Liquid Robotics. "Allowing each engineer to do multiple things at once is transformative for our workflow. It's a tremendous tool to allow my engineers to be flexible, to multitask, and to be more productive because they're not waiting on computational power."
NVIDIA Maximus Technology Immediately Available The world's leading workstation OEMs -- including HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Fujitsu -- are all offering workstations featuring NVIDIA Maximus technology, available for configuration and purchase immediately.
NVIDIA Maximus desktop workstation configurations start with the pairing of the NVIDIA Quadro 600 ($199 MSRP, USD) + NVIDIA Tesla C2075 ($2,499 MSRP, USD).