The Changing Face of the Digital Workstation

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.” Albert Einstein

Today’s workstation can provide you with a magnificent digital canvas to create tomorrow today. With workstations powered by two Intel® Xeon® 5500 series processors, engineers have the opportunity to create, shape, test and modify products before they become real. Engineers can now design, visualize and simulate products from the conceptual design phase through the entire manufacturing process. This is done virtually before any investments are made in a prototype.

“Experiment fearlessly.” “Innovation is bloody random.” Tom Peters

Peters, a world renowned author and management consultant, recognized that innovation is more art than science. Consider this example: Taking innovation to an entirely new level, Boeing, in the late 1990s, employed a process known as algorithmic design to see what designs might be viable to meet a specified hypersonic aircraft design criteria. The algorithmic design process enabled computers to create and test new ideas against the specified design criteria without human intervention. As a result, more models were evaluated in less time, and a vehicle that was counterintuitive to what many engineers may have thought possible was evaluated. Innovation just accelerated.
Intel technology has seen dramatic changes since Boeing first tested the idea of algorithmic design in the last decade. Workstation performance has gone up Dual-processor workstations have yielded to workstations with two processors, eight cores and 16 computational threads. Science or simulation that was never tractable on a workstation before is now standard, and it is getting faster.

“I confess that in 1901 I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years.” Wilbur Wright

You think all you need is an entry-level workstation with a single Intel® Xeon® processor. After all , you only do CAD—right?
However, as you begin to adopt modern workflows and realize the dramatic impact that simulation-based engineering or digital prototyping can have on your product development cost and schedules, you realize that the cost of the second processor and additional memory necessary to support digital prototyping was far less expensive than the cost of multiple physical prototypes and the associated time to produce them. Instead of investigating hundreds of digital prototypes, you only have time to look at a single physical prototype and ask: What if I …?

Those “what ifs” could have been played out on a dual-processor Intel Xeon processor 5500 series-based digital workbench faster, and your time and cost of physical prototypes could have been significantly reduced.

The digital workbench, powered by two Intel® Xeon® 5500 series processors, can have an enormous impact on your organization’s ability to design, visualize and simulate products, from the conceptual design phase through the entire manufacturing process, and it is all done virtually before a prototype is ever invested in. These digital workbenches exceed the computational power of the Cray C90 series, which in the 1990s was revered as the fastest ever.

Without question we all recognize that simulation and modeling have become indispensable tools in design. But visualization remains the principal conduit to transforming data into knowledge and actionable information. The digital workbench can provide you with both the compute capacity and the visualization capability you need to innovate faster.

If all you are doing is CAD on your workstation, then an entry workstation may be bes

t your solution. However, as others around you adopt modern workflows that incorporate simulation-based engineering and digital prototyping, you may want to step up to a more comprehensive digital workbench solution that provides an entire suite of tools to help you play more “what ifs” locally and faster than ever before.

One more point on this: If you are stuck on the entry workstation, then you may want to consider a mobile workstation. While the immediate cost will be higher than an entry-level workstation, the real cost may be lower. With mobile workstations you can design with your customers and not just for your customers. You may be able to reduce the number of design reviews by innovating with your customer right there as spontaneous ideas happen. The real cost of a tethered entry-level workstation may be indeed be much higher than you think.
Join the revolution and innovate faster with the digital workbench powered by two Intel(r) Xeon(r) 5500 processors