At SIGGRAPH 2016 in Anaheim, GPL Technologies will partner with NVIDIA to showcase the latest—and coolest—new solutions for virtualization and deep learning at Booth 275. SIGGRAPH 2016 is slated for July 26 – 28.
Underscoring the power of virtualization, the two companies will conduct a joint demonstration of a VDI workstation. Designed by GPL engineers and employing NVIDIA’s powerful GRID technology, the demo will feature a remote workstation running Mechdyne’s TGX desktop software.
“NVIDIA’s GRID technology has made it practical to run graphics-intensive applications such as Maya and Nuke on virtual desktops,” says GPL Technologies CEO Brian Terrell. “Visual effects producers can now enjoy the benefits of VDI, including security of assets, centralized workstations and the efficient utilization of HW resources in a pooled environment, just as they do with VM servers.”
A separate demonstration will feature a workstation remotely logged into a NVIDIA Quadro VCA and running an Iray GPU rendering plug-in. The demo will show how Iray facilitates the creation of photorealistic imagery by delivering immediate visual feedback.
In a SIGGRAPH first, GPL and NVIDIA will provide an introduction to NVIDIA’s newly-developed DGX-1, the world’s first deep learning super-computer in a box. “Deep learning is one of the most significant new developments for visual effects producers,” says Terrell. “By enabling machines to recognize images, deep learning has the potential to automate many routine tasks. Machines can now perform certain creative tasks.”
GPL Technologies will also be promoting, VFXnow, a service that allows visual effects companies to quickly and economically expand their workflows. VFXnow combines an agile, production-minded engineering team with a top-tier arsenal of rentable hardware to create an immediate and cost-effective solution for pipeline needs.
Additionally, GPL will be giving away a host of raffle prizes. SIGGRAPH attendees can enter simply by leaving a business card at the booth. Prizes will include two NVIDIA Shield TVs and tickets to GPL Technologies’ August Golf Tournament.
Following the show, on August 17th at 11a.m., GPL will host an NVIDIA DGX-1 webinar to recap the SIGGRAPH developments and demonstrations. Attendees will receive free configuration on DGX-1 purchases.