2nd Generation Maximus Is Here!
The latest NVIDIA® Maximus™ configuration is based on NVIDIA Kepler—the world’s fastest and most efficient visual-computing architecture. This advanced technology takes simultaneous 3D design, simulation, and visualization to unprecedented levels of performance and efficiency. The latest NVIDIA Maximus technology combines the interactive design and visualization capability of the NVIDIA Quadro® K-Series GPUs and the high-performance computing power of the NVIDIA Tesla® K20 GPU in a single workstation.
This NVIDIA Maximus configuration is designed to maximize computational performance with a variety of new innovations such as SMX, Dynamic Parallelism, and Hyper‐Q. Together, they make hybrid computing dramatically faster, easier to program, and applicable to a broader set of professional applications across industries such as manufacturing, media and entertainment and oil and gas.
SECOND GENERATION MAXIMUS BREAKTHROUGH FEATURES INCLUDE:
Create without the wait
Delivers more processing performance and efficiency through an innovative new streaming multiprocessor design that allows a greater percentage of space to be applied to processing cores versus control logic.
Slashes CPU idle time by allowing multiple CPU cores to simultaneously utilize a single Kepler GPU, dramatically advancing programmability and efficiency.
Simplifies GPU programming by allowing programmers to easily accelerate all parallel nested loops. This results in a GPU dynamically spawning new threads on its own without going back to the CPU.
Dramatically increases the number of unique textures available to shaders at run-time, enabling more materials to be loaded and used faster resulting in richer texture detail in scenes.
FXAA and TXAA
Reduces visible aliasing and delivers higher image quality without the performance hit. This is accomplished by harnessing the power of the GPU’s CUDA cores and new film-style antialiasing techniques.
Engineers, designers, and content creation professionals are constantly being challenged to find new ways to explore and validate more ideas—faster. This often involves creating content with both visual design and physical simulation demands. For example, designing a car or creating a digital film character and understanding how air flows over the car or the character’s clothing moves in an action scene.
Unfortunately, the design and simulation processes have often been disjointed, occurring on different systems or at different times.
NVIDIA MAXIMUS® TECHNOLOGY
NVIDIA Maximus-powered workstations combine the visualization and interactive design capability of NVIDIA Quadro® GPUs and the high-performance computing power of NVIDIA Tesla® GPUs into a single workstation. Tesla companion processors automatically perform the heavy lifting of photorealistic rendering or engineering simulation computation. This frees up CPU resources for the work they are best suited for – I/O, running the operating system and multi-tasking – and also allows the Quadro GPU to be dedicated to powering rich, full-performance, interactive design.
Designers and engineers can now perform simultaneous CAE, rendering or structural/fluid analysis on the same system being used for design work. And content creation professionals can perform faster video editing, effects and animation.
MAXIMUS TRANSFORMS THESE WORKFLOWS:
3D Design »
- Continue to design while renders run up to 9x faster in the background²
- Design and render on a single machine without bogging it down
Engineering Analysis »
- Interact with 3D apps while running realistic simulations up to 4x faster at the desktop¹
- Complete a required set of engineering simulations or regulatory tests days earlier
- Reduce the need for costly prototypes
Media & Entertainment »
- Obtain 8x better price/performance³ in Premiere Pro and 27x faster ray tracing with NVIDIA Optix
- Edit more layers and effects in real-time
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY
A Holy Grail for this discipline, in other words, would be real-time rendering and simulation–manipulating the shape and movement of objects while in their final forms. Maximus, NVIDIA says, can essentially do that–representing, Huang said, "the biggest change in the last 20 years" for such workstations."
Don Clark - WSJ, Nvidia says real-time design is finally here »
“The real advantage of the Maximus technology is flexibility. I don’t have to give each of my engineers a workflow to run through. It’s up to them. What they work on first or when doesn’t matter anymore, because the Maximus system can handle it all at the same time - it’s a tremendous tool because my team is not waiting on computational power, period.”
Tim Ong - VP Mechanical Engineering, Liquid Robotics
“With the Maximus system, no matter how many colors or modes or effects our colorists throw at a scene, they still get real-time playback.”
Lance Holte - Bandito Brothers’ Senior Director of Post-Production
1Benchmark obtained comparing 2 and 8 CPU cores versus 8 CPU Cores + Tesla C2075 running ANSYS Mechanical 13.0 SP2, V13sp-5 Model- Turbine Geometry, 2.1M DOF, Static Nonlinear, Direct Sparse CPU: 2 x Westmere Xeon 5670 at 2.93 GHz.
2Test consists of a collection of hard surface objects rendered outdoors in 3ds Max with iray 1.2 comparing an NVIDIA Tesla C2075 and the indicated Quadro GPU with the CPU relative to an Intel 3ghz x5570 Xeon CPU with 8 cores rendering. ECC has been turned off for all GPUs. Values shown are percent increase in render speed relative to CPU.
3Tested on a workstation PC with Dual Intel Xeon W5580 CPUs, 16GB RAM, Windows 7 64-bit.