Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2018 - 02:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: turing, RTX 4000, nvidia, HPC, autodesk
NVIDIA's newest Turing based HPC card the RTX 4000 has arrived, with 2304 CUDA cores, 288 Tensor Cores, 36 RT Cores, and 8GB of GDDR6 on-board GPU memory. They haven't released any benchmarks as of yet but do state the new memory will offer a 40% increase in bandwidth compared to the previous P4000 and that the card can produce up to 57 TFLOPs of performance, one assumes this refers to INT8 performance.
They are showing the card off at Autodesk, if you visit they have set up a demo which uses the Enscape3D plugin to let you put on a VR headset to step inside a full-scale Autodesk Revit model and make changes in real time, which would be an interesting way to work. The card will sell for ~$900 which puts in reach of quite a few possible users and might encourage AMD to sell it's Instinct MI60 and MI50 cards for a price in that ballpark.
Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2018 - 09:22 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: autodesk, apple
This news can be taken in one of two ways…
As we noted a couple of months ago, Apple has deprecated OpenGL and OpenCL on macOS and iOS. They want developers to write their software in Metal, which allows them to have more control over the whole stack (and this makes it slightly more difficult to port to competing platforms).
Citing this decision, Autodesk has dropped support for Alias and VRED on macOS. You will be forced to use 2019.0 on High Sierra, at the latest, unless you switch to Windows.
On the one hand, Autodesk is a big company to act against Apple’s decision. On the other hand, they are doing it with Alias and VRED, which are more for industrial users. Should they follow this up with, let’s say, deprecating Maya, then that would be a huge blow to Apple’s core professional audience. But they aren't, and the macOS version of Alias and VRED might have been on the fence for a while, particularly with Autodesk’s ongoing losses.
So it might not be a big deal, but it’s a clear, explicit example of a product team packing up in response to Apple’s demands.