LOS ANGELES — At SIGGRAPH 2016 in Anaheim, CA, GPL Technologies (www.gpltech.com) is partnering with Nvidia to showcase the latest new solutions for virtualization and deep learning. SIGGRAPH 2016 is slated to take place from July 26th through the 28th. 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.
GPL and Nvidia will also provide an introduction to Nvidia’s newly-developed DGX-1 — a deep learning super-computer. “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.