Virtualization has progressed considerably in the past few years, but graphics performance has been notoriously poor because VMs (virtual machines) have been unable to take advantage of the host’s video card. Even if your workstation has the latest from NVidia, ATI, or some other video card manufacturer, the VM has had no way of taking advantage of the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) processing power or VRAM (Video RAM). There are still a handful of things you can do to optimize graphics performance (for CAD) with virtualization.
You skipped Windows Vista, and now you really want to see if Windows 7 is worth the leap. Or maybe you may want to test SQL Server 2008 installed on Windows Server 2008 for your PDM system. For many IT professionals today, the solution of choice for these challenges is virtualization. And if VMware is your virtualization brand of choice, you’ll be glad to know that VMware Workstation 7 is available, with some new features just for those of us in the CAD and 3D arenas.
It’s not uncommon for large organizations to have embraced virtualization, both in the testing environment and for production use. Many vendors have offerings that make it easier for smaller organizations, or individuals, to take advantage of virtualization too. In fact, all the major vendors offer free or personal versions of their flagship products. And you know a software technology has gone mainstream when both Microsoft (with Hyper-V) and Oracle (with VirtualBox) have offerings in the space.
Cyon Research is a leading provider of analysis and consulting for engineering technology markets. They are also known for an annual event, The Congress of the Future of Engineering Software (COFES), that brings together industry vendors, analysts and thought leaders. On a regular basis (once or twice a year), Cyon conducts industry surveys, the results and associated analysis of which they make available to interested parties for $2,000.
Let’s dig a little deeper in this final post on PDM engines (look here for the previous post). I think there are two reasons why it is helpful to have an engine-centric perspective on Product Data Management: to understand when you should/shouldn’t use PDM, and to fuel creative uses of PDM. Those may seem a little counter to each other, but let’s see how they’re related.
Longview Advisors recently held their 2009 Collaboration & Interoperability Conference in Estes Park, Colorado, wrapping up the event on May 20th. Derek Neiding of Razorleaf co-presented with Wes Shimanek of Intel and Don Richardson of Microsoft at the event’s Post-Conference Workshop on Mobility Technology. Each presented a topic relevant to the session’s mobility theme: enabling engineers to collaborate regardless of platform or presence.
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software can help businesses of any size proactively manage their mission-critical intellectual property and control their product definitions to help them avoid problems and lost design cycle time due to unmanageable design and change processes. This whitepaper takes a closer look at PLM and product data management (PDM) technology, explaining each of the applications used to define and manage the data associated with products, from concept through retirement.
Generations of children have stood in wonder on their first trip to a bowling alley, mesmerized by the smooth motion of the automatic pinsetters and the sight of brightly colored balls spinning up the ball return. The technology that makes a bowling alley operate isn’t magic – it just seems that way.
Behind the scenes AMF Bowling, a division of QubicaAMF , engineers a complex and carefully timed dance of moving parts to be both rugged and precise. AMF designs and fabricates most of the parts it uses and assembles everything from the ball returns to the laminates for the flooring. The pinspotter, for example, includes more than 3,800 different parts, all of which must be engineered to work smoothly without clashing.
Managing such complexity isn’t easy, as Brian Williamson, CAD-PDM Administrator and design engineer with QubicaAMF Worldwide, will be the first to admit. “When I got here four years ago, I think I spent more time trying to locate the designs for the parts in our machines than I did designing new ones,” he says. “CAD files were scattered all over the network and on local drives with very little chance of being found again so they could be reused.”
Utilities worldwide are engaged in a complex struggle to meet the world’s escalating demand for electricity without increasing emissions of greenhouse gases. The challenge has re-focused attention on nuclear power, enjoying a resurgence as today’s only commercially viable, carbon dioxide-free technology.
Intel, Microsoft, Lenovo, Razorleaf to host in-depth workshop on mobility technology
Loveland, CO March 16, 2009 – Longview Advisors, organizers of the annual Collaboration & Interoperability Conference and Exhibition (CIC), today announced an additional event to its 2009 agenda, “The Latest in Mobility Technology.” Hosted by Intel, Microsoft, Lenovo and Razorleaf, the post-conference workshop will give CIC attendees an in-depth look at emerging mobile computing capabilities.