At the SIGGRAPH show in Vancouver, Nvidia showed its next-generation of Quadro GPUs, which they describe as “an enterprise-grade visual computing platform” that offers 40 percent faster performance. With these cards, Nvidia is focusing on 4K, the cloud, mobile and collaboration, including remote rendering. Pricing is expected to remain the same.
“The next generation of Quadro GPUs not only dramatically increases graphics and compute performance to handle huge data sets it, extends the concept of visual computing from a graphics card in a workstation to a connected environment,” said Jeff Brown, VP of Professional Visualization at Nvidia. “The new Quadro line-up lets users interact with their designs or data locally on a workstation, remotely on a mobile device or in tandem with cloud-based services.”
Framestore’s CTO, Steve MacPherson, who spoke at an Nvidia press event recently in New York City, says, “From increased efficiency to new workflow models, the results we’ve achieved with the latest Quadro GPUs are fundamental to our future.”
Framestore, which provides VFX and graphics for major feature films such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Edge of Tomorrow, has been doing a lot of work recently in integrated advertising, including virtual reality, something that MacPherson calls “a blending between the physical and CG worlds.”
He points to Nvidia’s Quadro cards as a key part of the studio’s workflow. “Nvidia Quadro is an essential component to helping us keep our edge, and gives us the reassurance of knowing the graphics technology our artists rely on has been developed specifically for professional users with the highest standards of reliability and compatibility.”
Adobe’s Dennis Radke was at the New York event, talking about how these new cards accelerate the Creative Cloud and how it allows Premiere Pro to take in 4K Red Raw files without a Red Rocket card.
Also in New York, Nvidia showed remote collaboration workflows using Google Tablet running Autodesk Maya. Check out the company’s blog on the topic.
So to sum up, the new generation of Quadro GPUs — the K5200, K4200, K2200, K620 and K420 — allows users to interact with data sets or designs up to twice the size handled by previous generations; remotely interact with graphics applications from a Quadro-based workstation from essentially any device, including PCs, Macs and tablets; run major applications, such as Adobe Creative Cloud and the Autodesk Design Suite — on average 40 percent faster than with previous Quadro cards; and switch easily from local GPU rendering to cloud-based offerings using Nvidia Iray rendering.