NVIDIA introduces Quadro® Plex Visual Computing System (VCS) Model S4 incorporates four Quadro® FX 5600 professional GPUs in an industry-standard 1U rack configuration; dynamically allocating compute, geometry, shading and pixel processing power for optimised GPU performance. Its 6 GB frame buffer (1.5 GB per GPU) can process large textures with full-screen antialiasing while Shader Model 4.0 vertex and pixel programmability delivers ultra-realistic effects for OpenGL and DirectX 10 applications. The Quadro Plex VCS Model S4 will be available in the fourth quarter of 2007. NVIDIA also demonstrated its next-generation Gelato 2.2 rendering software with performance improvements capable of re-lighting 60 frames of a complex scene in 60 seconds. Basic Gelato 2.2 is available now as a free Internet download at www.nvidia.com/gelatozon while. Gelato Pro 2.2, priced at US$ 1,500.
NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) continues to smash through visual computing
performance barriers with the introduction of NVIDIA Quadro® Plex Visual
Computing System (VCS) Model S4, a graphics server featuring a record number of
graphics processing units (GPUs) in a standard 1U server form factor. The new
server contains more Quadro graphics processing power in less space than has
ever been achieved before, enabling interactive visualisation of extremely
large-scale data sets by multiple users with a minimal footprint.
Designed for data-centric applications such as off-line rendering, remote
graphics applications and embedded visual computing, the Quadro Plex Model S4
server takes visual compute density to new extremes by incorporating four NVIDIA
Quadro® FX 5600 professional GPUs in an industry-standard 1U rack configuration;
dynamically allocating compute, geometry, shading and pixel processing power for
optimised GPU performance. GPU computing for visualisation solves programming
functionality available in the NVIDIA CUDA™ tool suite.
The Quadro Plex Model S4 is designed to serve high-quality interactive
visualisation of large models to multiple users. Its 6 GB frame buffer (1.5 GB
per GPU) can process large textures with full-screen antialiasing while Shader
Model 4.0 vertex and pixel programmability delivers ultra-realistic effects for
OpenGL and DirectX 10 applications. The server’s accelerated 3D texture
performance provides greater interactivity for the visualisation of large
volumetric datasets often required in energy and scientific research.
The Quadro Plex Series
Until now, NVIDIA’s Quadro Plex product line has consisted of desk side units
that can also be mounted side-by-side in a 3U rack space. The Model S4 server
complements the rest of the product line by offering extreme compute density in
1U housing for solving the largest visualisation and high-performance computing
The Quadro Plex VCS Model II is intended primarily for powering large arrays of
monitors. Featuring four Quadro FX 4500 GPUs with a 512 MB frame buffer per GPU,
the Model II can power up to eight frame-synched, dual-link DVI displays. The
Quadro Plex Model III adds high-definition SDI output by replacing the GPUs in
the Model II with two Quadro FX 5500s with a 1 GB frame buffer per GPU and dual
HD SDI graphics-to-video output boards, powering two dual-link DVI displays plus
two HD SDI outputs.
The Quadro Plex Model IV is intended primarily for processing and visualisation
of large data sets desk side, in a workbench environment. It features two Quadro
FX 5600 GPUs with a 1.5 GB frame buffer per GPU for processing of larger
textures and can power up to four frame-synched dual-link DVI displays.
The Quadro Plex Model S4 is an industry standard form factor optimised for
large-scale server deployments. Featuring four Quadro GPUs in a high-density 1U
chassis for high-performance remote graphics and offline rendering applications,
the Quadro Plex Model S4 offers system monitoring, thermal control and fault
notification for efficient integration into data centers. NVIDIA Quadro Plex VCS
Models I, II, III, and IV are currently available through NVIDIA and
distribution partners worldwide, including PNY Technologies, Leadtek, and Elsa.
The Quadro Plex VCS Model S4 will be available in the fourth quarter of 2007.