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Fujitsu CELSIUS and PI-VR VRED – a powerful combination

Today, I’d like to welcome Matthias Stiller, CEO and Head of Development at PI-VR for a guest post:

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For those who wonder what VRED is: VRED is a highly specialized software provided by the PI-VR GmbH, a software vendor based in Germany. PI-VR develops innovative software solutions for 3D real-time visualization, Virtual Prototyping and offline image production which are used over the complete life cycle of product development: from design over engineering to marketing and sales. Being especially progressive software, VRED can be used in different application areas for real-time high-end 3D visualizations and offers the possibility to quickly and realistically compile high-quality illustrations of CAD data. The instant and interactive visual feedback, innovative and easy-to-use tools as well as the implementation of new technologies culminate in impressive results and very fast and effective working processes.

In other words: VRED is the ideal software for benchmarking Fujitsu CELSIUS Workstations.

When Fujitsu came up with their new ultra high-end workstation in April 2012, we decided to test the CELSIUS R920 Workstation with our latest software release VRED 5.5

The question simply is how the VRED application performance will improve with the new hardware technology. Our goal always is to minimize render time at best image quality and maximum hardware resource utilization.

So this is what we did: We installed the software on the previous generation workstation flagship CELSIUS R670 (with two Intel® Xeon X5765 processors each offering 6 processor cores running at 3.06 Ghz) as well as on the new generation dual processor flagship CELSIUS R920 (with the two fastest processors you can get from the current platform). The Intel® Xeon® E5-2687W which offers 8 (!) processor cores running at 3.1 Ghz). And guess what, while running the test the software totally maxed out all processor cores while producing the attached image in FullHD resolution (1920×1080). Never has a workstation been more busy to perform a job in VRED. In a head to head comparison the Fujitsu CELSIUS R920 excels and finished rendering the complete image after astonishing 69 seconds while the CELSIUS R670 finished after respectable 100 seconds. That’s 45% percent faster!

We are really excited about the new generation of Fujitsu CELSIUS workstations.

The cooperation with our partners at Fujitsu and Intel make sure that our software utilizes all available multi-core power to shorten image production time even more. That’s especially important for our customers that need to produce more images in shorter time allowing them to put more creativity into their image compositions.

Matthias Stiller

PS: A complete overview of benchmarks can be seen at http://www.pi-vr.de/info/benchmark.html

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    Sean Dring
    May 16, 2012

    Nice work! I was wondering if there were any advantages or disadvantages in relation to CUDA technology from NVidia? My understanding is that the graphics calculations can be offset to the GPU which offers massive parallel processing power as well. Could I get similar performace with a lower spec cpu but a high spec gpu? Regards, Sean

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    Matthias Stiller
    May 17, 2012

    Thanks for your questions. At present we do utilize GPUs only for the rasterization part of our software (OpenGL) but not for the raytracing part. We are closely watching the evolving GPGPU technology (CUDA / OpenCL) but at present this young technology is still in its maturity states. The datasets we need to handle are often multiples of what is present on GPU devices, which means that it is simply not possible to use them. So the answer to your question is a simple NO. Regards Matthias

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    Sean Dring
    May 29, 2012

    Thanks!

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    A Tudorache
    June 4, 2012

    At this moment I'm waiting for the delivery of a number of Celsius M720, but I'm also interested about the replacements of Celsius H710 and H910 mobile workstations. Will there be in the very near future (1-2 months) a H720 or a H920 mobile workstations launch? Thank you

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    Marcus Hartmann
    June 4, 2012

    Hi Aurel, the future is now! We launched the CELSIUS Mobile workstation H920 and H720 today ;-) http://www.fujitsu.com/fts/products/computing/pc/workstations/superior/celsius-h920/index.html http://www.fujitsu.com/fts/products/computing/pc/workstations/advanced/celsius-h720/index.html Both are coming with a powerful feature set including Nvidia Graphics. The H720 features the NVIDIA® Quadro® K2000M now. This is one level higher than the previous H710. best regards, Marcus

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    A Tudorache
    June 4, 2012

    Was waiting for them for a little bit, but it was well worth it. Can't wait to >:D< embrace them in our 3D Design Team. Thank you

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    matt
    October 25, 2012

    how can i purchase a Celsius H920. I'm in USA. Sick & tired of these good for nothing toy laptops they sell us in the US.

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    Daniel Klaus
    October 29, 2012

    Hi Matt, The CELSIUS H-series is available for project based commercial business in the US, so unfortunately we cannot offer these premium systems to end-user/consumer customers at this point in time. best, Daniel

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