Working Remotely: Connecting to Your Office Workstation

With so many people working from home amid the COVID-19 outbreak, staying productive can be challenging. At NVIDIA, some of us have RTX laptops and remote-working capabilities powered by our virtual GPU software via on-prem servers and the cloud. To help support the many other businesses with GPUs in their servers, we recently made vGPU Read article >

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Working Remotely: Connecting to Your Office Workstation

With so many people working from home amid the COVID-19 outbreak, staying productive can be challenging.

At NVIDIA, some of us have RTX laptops and remote-working capabilities powered by our virtual GPU software via on-prem servers and the cloud. To help support the many other businesses with GPUs in their servers, we recently made vGPU licenses free for up to 500 users for 90 days to explore their virtualization options.

But many still require access to physical Quadro desktop workstations due to specific hardware configurations or data requirements. And we know this situation is hardly unique.

Many designers, engineers, artists and architects have Quadro RTX mobile workstations that are on par with their desktop counterparts, which helps them stay productive anywhere. However, a vast number of professionals don’t have access to their office-based workstations — with multiple high-end GPUs, large memory and storage, as well as applications and data.

These workstations are critical for keeping  everything from family firms to multinational corporations going. And this has forced IT teams to explore different ways to address the challenges of working from home by connecting remotely to an office workstation.

Getting Started: Tools for Remote Connections

The list below shows several publicly available remote-working tools that are helpful to get going quickly. For details on features and licensing, contact the respective providers.

Managing Access, Drivers and Reboots

Once you’re up and running, keep these considerations in mind:

Give yourself a safety net when working on a remote system 

There are times that your tools can stop working, so it’s a good idea to have a safety net. Always install a VNC server on the machine (https://www.tightvnc.com/, https://www.realvnc.com/en/ or others) no matter what remote access tool you use. It’s also a good idea to enable Access to Microsoft Remote Desktop as another option. These run quietly in the background, but are ready if you need them in an emergency

Updating your driver remotely

We recommend you use a VNC connection to upgrade your drivers. Changing the driver often changes the parts the driver the remote access tools are using, so you often lose the connection. VNC doesn’t connect into the driver at a low level, so keeps working as the old driver is changed out to the new. Once the driver is updated, you can go back to your other remote access tools.

Rebooting your machine remotely

Normally you can reboot with the windows menus. Give the system a few minutes to restart and then log back in. If your main remote-working tools have stopped functioning, try a VNC connection. You can also restart from a PowerShell Window or command prompt from your local machine with the command: shutdown /r /t 0 /m \\[machine-name]

App-Specific Resources

Several software makers with applications for professionals working in the manufacturing, architecture, and media and entertainment industries have provided instructions on using their applications from home. Here are links to a few recent articles:

Where to Get Help

Given the inherent variability in working from home, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. If you run into technical issues and have questions, feel free to contact us at desktop-remoting@nvidia.com. We’ll do our best to help.

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A Breed Apart: New NVIDIA-Powered Data Science Workstations Now Available Worldwide

Data science is one of the fastest growing fields of computer science, and it’s impacting every industry.

Companies in finance, insurance, retail and other areas are hiring data scientists, analysts and engineers at an unprecedented rate. To derive insights from their data that can transform their businesses, they need powerful hardware and software.

That’s now available in the form of NVIDIA-powered Data Science Workstations from global original equipment manufacturers Dell, HP, Lenovo and BOXX. You can see the full list of workstation, system builder and software partners here.

NVIDIA-powered Data Science Workstations undergo extensive hardware and software validation to ensure they provide machine learning practitioners with the extreme computational horsepower and software tools needed to prepare, process and analyze massive amounts of data.

The workstations are based on a powerful reference architecture made up of dual, high-end NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs and NVIDIA CUDA-X AI accelerated data science software, such as RAPIDS, TensorFlow, PyTorch and Caffe. CUDA-X AI is a collection of libraries that enable modern computing applications to benefit from NVIDIA’s GPU-accelerated computing platform.

The reviews are in. Data scientists in industry and academia are already seeing the impact of having access to their personal NVIDIA-powered Data Science Workstations:

“Previously, it was a long, complex process to install and maintain the software stack on a system for data science workflows. Our Dell 7920 data science workstation with dual Quadro RTX 8000 GPUs came with pre-installed software, making it a breeze to set up and maintain. Now we’re processing and analyzing massive amounts of data faster than ever before.” — Sertac Karaman, associate professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“We need to classify enormous amounts of very dirty data through our data processing pipeline, which was costing us valuable time and resources. With our NVIDIA-powered HP Z8 Data Science workstation, our data scientists are able to load even very large datasets onto the GPU, vastly improving efficiencies so that we can spend more time solving problems and less time cleaning and managing data.” — Mike Koelemay, chief data scientist at Lockheed Martin Rotary & Mission Systems

“Developing and applying new data analytic methods is a powerful tool in the diagnosis and treatment of ailments such as depression, anxiety and addiction. Our new NVIDIA-powered BOXX APEXX D4 data science workstation will help us accelerate our mental health research projects — leading to important discoveries and ultimately treatments for many of the world’s challenging mental health issues.” — Dr. CJ McKinney, director of Information Services at the Mental Health Center of Denver

Learn more about NVIDIA-powered Data Science Workstations.

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A Breed Apart: New NVIDIA-Powered Data Science Workstations Now Available Worldwide

Data science is one of the fastest growing fields of computer science, and it’s impacting every industry. Companies in finance, insurance, retail and other areas are hiring data scientists, analysts and engineers at an unprecedented rate. To derive insights from their data that can transform their businesses, they need powerful hardware and software. That’s now Read article >

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World’s Most Powerful Mobile Workstations Launch with NVIDIA Quadro RTX, Delivering AI, Ray Tracing, VR

Creative and technical professionals can now access the latest advancements in photorealistic rendering, AI and VR while on the go, with the new lineup of NVIDIA Quadro RTX-powered mobile workstations.

At the annual Computex conference in Taipei, NVIDIA today announced a full range of Turing architecture-based Quadro GPUs for mobile workstations from global system providers such as Dell, HP and Lenovo.

Featuring Quadro RTX 5000, 4000 and 3000 GPUs — the world’s most powerful GPUs — the new mobile workstations are built to deliver desktop-level performance and capabilities in a mobile form factor.

Artists, designers, architects and engineers routinely work away from the office, at customer sites or on the road. Whether creating high-quality video content, working with complex 3D designs or visualizing massive architectural datasets, they need a reliable, high-performance computer that keeps them in the creative flow, no matter where they’re working.

The Quadro RTX mobile workstations ensure that professionals get the best possible experience when working with the latest design, engineering and creative applications from leading software providers such as Autodesk, Adobe, Dassault Systemes, Siemens, PTC, Chaos Group, Ansys, ESRI, Schlumberger and many more.

They’re made possible by combining RTX-powered real-time photorealistic rendering, AI acceleration, 8K video editing and VR with massive GPU memory — up to 16GB — all packed in sleek and reliable system designs.

The new lineup of mobile workstations also features Quadro T2000, T1000, P620 and P520 GPUs, giving professionals the flexibility to choose the right system to meet the demands of their diverse workloads.

CannonDesign, KPF and RED Digital Cinema Rely on Power of RTX

Engineers, architects, artists and scientists are already experiencing dramatic benefits in their workflows using NVIDIA RTX technology on their desktop. With the introduction of Quadro RTX mobile workstations, professionals can now tap into the power of RTX from anywhere.

At CannonDesign, a global architecture, engineering and construction firm, the combination of advanced ray tracing and AI with large, ultra-fast GPU memory is expanding what’s possible within their design process.

“The RTX ray-tracing capabilities enable photorealistic reflections for spatial simulations, in ways one couldn’t even entertain before,” said Hilda Espinal, senior vice president and chief technology officer at CannonDesign. “Add to it the ability to handle some of our largest, highly detailed models and the technology translates into time savings and enhanced visual communications, creating new opportunities for real-time decision making.”

Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox. Shr-Hwa International Tower, Hotel ONE Taichung, Taiwan © Chun Y Lai

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), an architecture firm based in New York, is using the power of RTX for interactive photorealistic rendering, enabling their designers to explore concepts and make changes on the fly.

“The real-time ray-tracing and AI capabilities inherent in Quadro RTX GPUs have transformed the way we as architects visualize and process the data for our designs,” said Cobus Bothma, director of applied research at KPF. “The ability to interact with physically accurate models in real time means we’re making smarter design decisions faster. Now, with the latest RTX mobile workstations, we are excited about the possibilities out in the field, further freeing us to focus on creating our best work while saving clients time and money.”

And RED Digital Cinema, a leading manufacturer of professional digital cinema cameras, leverages the advanced features of RTX GPUs to significantly enhance the user experience of video editing and production.

“From GPU decoding to real-time 8K editing, we continually work with NVIDIA to deliver a better experience for our customers. For most of them, the ability to view and edit video on location during filming is critical,” said Jarred Land, president at RED Digital Cinema. “With NVIDIA powered laptops, it’s incredible to finally be able to edit 8K video in real time from anywhere you may be thanks to the new RED R3D SDK enhancements and NVIDIA GPUs.”

Quadro Workstations Available from Global OEMs

Mobile workstations with the latest NVIDIA Quadro GPUs are certified on all industry-leading professional applications and are built with enterprise-grade quality and reliability standards. The new systems will start shipping in the second half of the year from global OEMs Dell, HP, Lenovo and regional system builders including MSI.

Here’s what our partners are saying about Quadro RTX-powered mobile workstations:

“Dell workstations powered by Quadro RTX provide power, performance and reliability in one solution, offering cutting-edge technology like real-time ray tracing, AI acceleration and enhanced graphics performance. With the latest additions to our portfolios this week, NVIDIA and Dell are delivering the ultimate workstation experiences, allowing our customers to work efficiently and push their creativity to new heights.”

— Tom Tobul, vice president of Specialty Products, Client Solutions at Dell

“As creative workflows continue to evolve, NVIDIA Quadro RTX mobile GPUs meet the increasing needs of today’s creators. With Quadro RTX, Z workstations provide enhanced performance across the board, from accelerated rendering to photorealistic designs — so creators and designers can get desktop-level performance, no matter where they go.”

— Carol Hess, vice president of Worldwide Z by HP, at HP

“The new NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs for mobile workstations will push the boundaries of what’s possible for professionals across industries — both in the office and on the go. Lenovo is proud to support this new addition to the NVIDIA Quadro RTX portfolio — delivering the world’s most powerful mobile graphics card solution for professional workflows.”

— Rob Herman, general manager of Workstations and Client AI at Lenovo

Learn more about the latest lineup of Quadro mobile workstations.

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World’s Most Powerful Mobile Workstations Launch with NVIDIA Quadro RTX, Delivering AI, Ray Tracing, VR

Creative and technical professionals can now access the latest advancements in photorealistic rendering, AI and VR while on the go, with the new lineup of NVIDIA Quadro RTX-powered mobile workstations. At the annual Computex conference in Taipei, NVIDIA today announced a full range of Turing architecture-based Quadro GPUs for mobile workstations from global system providers Read article >

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The Spacewalker: Gripping Tale of World’s First Spacewalk, Powered by NVIDIA Quadro

The space race between the U.S. and Soviet Union during the Cold War was a crucible of high technology, human perseverance and national pride.

Few felt the pressure more acutely than cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov. Fifty-two years ago last month, he became the first human to walk in space. Leonov spent more than 12 minutes outside his capsule, only to realize his suit had inflated and he couldn’t move his arms to pull himself back toward his craft.

The Spacewalker Alexey Leonov

The Russian movie “The Spacewalker,” which premiered internationally earlier this month, recreates this and other harrowing tales of Leonov’s fortitude during one of the riskiest expeditions in the history of space travel.

“The Spacewalker” immerses audiences in the experience of Leonov and his fellow cosmonaut Pavel Belyaev during their flight on the Voshod-2 on March 18-19, 1965. The five meters back to the spacecraft’s gate became the most torturous walk of Leonov’s life. And the manual re-entry and emergency landing Leonov and Belyaev later performed is a testament to the men’s incredible will to live.

The tale is all more engrossing thanks to the out-of-this-world visual effects that CGF, Russia’s largest visual effects studio, created using NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics.

“We tried to deliver, in detail, what we would see if we shot the real flight,” says Alexander Gorokhov, VFX producer and head of CGF. “The rocket design, the launchpad, even the weather conditions fully correspond to the historical facts.”

CGF worked on more than 1,200 computer graphics shots of varying complexity for “The Spacewalker.” Scenes of the spaceship’s launch, open space and the re-entry and landing were spectacular. They were also technically difficult for the studio’s artists.

From vapor flows of liquid oxygen around the launch rocket to long smoke trails coming from debris off the Voshod-2 capsule while it plummets back to Earth, Quadro GPUs accelerated the work at all stages.

“It’s a huge computational load,” says Evgeny Stefanov, lead FX artist at CGF. “We couldn’t have done it without Quadro.”

The Spacewalker Voshod-2

CGF also uses Quadro graphics to power its ViewGA system, Russia’s first professional AR and VR system. ViewGA combines AR and VR with the footage of actors in real time. The CG is overlaid onto the action so the filmmakers could see the actor playing Leonov walking in the open space environment.

Working at this speed, operators can compose scenes and actors can immediately understand how the scene, or even an invisible partner, looks. For “The Spacewalker,” the director or VFX supervisor could correct the shooting in real time. That helps avoid costly problems in post-production.

“The Spacewalker” was produced by Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs film company.

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New Quadro-Powered Mobile Workstations Provide Ultimate Creative Freedom

Professional designers, engineers and content creators can now wield the incredible power of our latest Quadro GPUs anywhere they want to work — and experience the ultimate creative freedom. Dell, HPI, Lenovo, MSI and Fujitsu are all introducing advanced mobile workstations using our new mobile lineup of Quadro processors, led by Pascal architecture-based GPUs.

Dell Precision 7720 mobile workstation
The Dell Precision 7720 is among the first mobile workstations to include the latest Quadro Pascal-based mobile GPU.

With Quadro, creative and technical users can harness desktop-level performance and capabilities on the go to create the largest, most complex designs; render the most detailed photo-realistic imagery; and develop the most intricate and lifelike VR experiences.

Offering up to three times the graphics performance, twice the memory and nearly twice the compute power of previous generations, the new Quadro lineup redefines mobile visual computing.

Broad Industry Support

“Our customers are not in the business of ordinary — they use technology every day to create innovations that are revolutionizing their industries and the world,” said Rob Herman, general manager and executive director of Lenovo’s Workstation Business Unit. “Lenovo’s powerful, industry-leading workstations, with the help of NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, help customers bring their designs to life, anywhere, without distraction.”

“When it comes to powerful computing on the go, HP ZBook Mobile Workstations are in a class of their own — providing a spectrum of performance, reliability and expandability that extends well beyond the capabilities of standard mobile computers,” said Josh Peterson, vice president worldwide product management for HP Workstations, HP Inc. “Leading-edge professional graphics, such as NVIDIA Quadro Pascal-based GPUs, will be tested by HP — simulating real-world customer workloads and stress tests that translate into higher quality drivers that customers trust.”

Quadro mobile GPU performance chart

Quadro at SolidWorks World

Discover how designers are using NVIDIA Quadro GPUs to bring concepts to creation on the latest mobile workstations or in photorealistic VR environments at SolidWorks World, NVIDIA booth 628, February 5-8, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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