Lenovo embraces ray tracing and AI with NVIDIA Quadro RTX

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Lenovo has introduced Nvidia RTX technology to its portfolio of workstations and has announced support for Nvidia Quadro RTX GPUs in the ThinkStation P330 Tower up to the ThinkStation P920.

This includes the Quadro RTX 4000 GPU that Nvidia announced today.

Quadro RTX GPUs are focused on real-time ray tracing and AI-enhanced workflows and feature new RT and Tensor cores. One of the companies driving development of Nvidia RTX technology is Epic Games, the developer of Unreal Engine, who recently turned its attention to design visualisation.
Earlier this year it became the first software developer to showcase Nvidia RTX technology in an experimental real time ray tracing demo using Star Wars characters from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

“At Epic, we are constantly striving to set new visual fidelity standards with Unreal Engine to empower architects, designers and engineers to create fully interactive experiences that convey the creative intent behind their designs,” said Marc Petit, general manager, Unreal Engine Enterprise at Epic Games.

“Lenovo understands the needs of the Unreal Engine community, offering AEC professionals powerful workstation solutions featuring the new Nvidia Quadro RTX cards that enable the development of photorealistic real-time applications.”

Meanwhile, Lenovo is partnering with Texas-based Mark III Systems to bring AI to mainstream manufacturing. Using the Lenovo Data Center to develop AI image recognition and the ThinkStation P330 Tiny to operate verification systems in the factory, Mark III has implemented a quality assurance process that allows it to quickly identify product defects prior to shipping to deliver a high-quality product.

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MX3D, known for creating the first-ever, 3D-printed steel bridge, is also using AI to revolutionize the way bridges are built with its new IoT “nervous system” – a system of sensors that use AI to monitor the bridge’s health over its lifespan.

The company uses a ThinkStation P920 workstation with dual Intel Xeon Gold processors, three Nvidia Quadro GV100 GPUs and 2TB M.2 NVMe SSDs.

“The opportunity to examine real-time data from these sensors will provide insight to inform designs for future 3D- printed metallic structures. For something like this to succeed, you need partners who are going to help you reimagine the way things are designed and help you stay ahead,” said MX3D CEO Gijs van der Velden.

“Lenovo workstations have been key in providing the computing power we need to run these complex AI workflows to help our team revolutionize how bridges are built.”


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