ThinkRevolution + New Workstation Technology = Future of Making Things

Staff Writer By: Rob Hermon/Lenovo


ThinkRevolution + New Workstation Technology = Future of Making Things | Lenovo, ThinkStation, ThinkPad, workstations

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What do you do if you want to build a bridge? You'd do research, look at what's been done before, compare and contrast designs, ideas and materials, and draw inspiration from existing structures. You'd likely work within the limitations of what's already been done around you.

But if you're MX3D, you turn design on its head and completely change the way we design, make, and build structures using generative design and 3D printing in steel to remove the historical constraints across design and construction.

What if you want to create empathy and understanding of the state of our oceans when the world above can't see or understand the problem? How do you move away from exhibits and charts to help others truly experience the world under the water?

The Hydrous is tackling this challenge by transporting people into an immersive underwater world. Using high-resolution 3D scanning and reality capture to create Virtual Reality environments, the organization is educating, enlightening and bringing people into marine science to ensure the future health of our oceans.

From the earth above, MX3D is breaking through old limitations of 3D printing technology and sustainable materials in virtually any shape and size. While from the depths below The Hydrous is getting more exact measurements of coral reef size and shape over time to push environmental safeguards to improve reef resilience.

Using new design methods, these professionals are bringing the future of making things to life; right here on the beautiful planet we all call home. These innovations would not be possible without powerful and agile hardware. For The Hydrous and MX3D, they rely on high-power computing solutions to get the job done.

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ThinkStation P520
Introducing our brand new ThinkStation P520 and compact P520c tower workstations. With intense speeds of up to 4.5GHz and up to 18 cores for massive compute power, the ThinkStation P520 and P520c make up Lenovo's new family of mainstream single CPU workstations. Supporting the latest and most powerful Intel Xeon W processors, these workstations deliver the performance, reliability and optimized acceleration needed to handle the demands of industry professionals. Add in professional graphics, with up to dual NVIDIA Quadro P6000 inside the ThinkStation P520, for a high-powered combination.

For architects, designers and engineers, the ThinkStation P520 provides the perfect balance of high-clock speed for running single-threaded CAD apps and multiple cores for multi-threaded compute tasks like simulation, as well as professional graphics for accelerated CAE analysis, rendering and VR workflows. Equipped with optimized storage these workstations give professionals access to lightning-fast data retrieval of large design models - offering robust expansion options and dual M.2 support directly on the motherboard.

The ThinkStation P520 also delivers peak performance for creative professionals pushing the limits of 3D animation and visual effects. While the ThinkStation P520c remains cost-effective for educators and students. These systems are powerhouses, delivering peak performance across multiple workflows when operating an artists' solution of choice through its solid design, construction, GPU and CPU flexibility and industry-leading reliability.

The ThinkStation P520 and P520c also come with support for Intel Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC). This capability allows industry professionals to directly manage their NVMe SSDs directly on the CPU - unleashing full performance potential of the NVMe SSD, without the complexity of a traditional RAID hot bus adapter.

The Hydrous will also take advantage of the ThinkStation P520 to continue its mission of protecting our world's oceans by creating engaging VR spaces. With raw GPU processing power and the extra strength of a workstation, the ThinkStation P520 allows The Hydrous to share these experiences with classrooms, museums and outreach programs around the world.

The announcement of the ThinkStation P520 and P520c completes the update for the entire desktop workstation portfolio - including the recently announced ThinkStation P920 and P720, available now. For our partners at MX3D, this reliable new hardware with optimized storage and increased speed makes designing and making large-scale objects - literally out of thin air - seamless.

ThinkPad P52s
Also launching today is the ThinkPad P52s, our thinnest and lightest quad-core mobile workstation offering, ever. When you're exploring coral reefs around the world, portability is key. That's where Lenovo's mobile workstations come in. With improved performance and universal connectivity, the ThinkPad P52s gives industry professionals an even more reliable machine to work wherever and whenever.

"In order to effectively explore our coral reefs through 3D mapping, our team requires powerful hardware that can travel anywhere with us," says Dr. Erika Woolsey, co-founder and CEO of The Hydrous. "So, you'll see us bring our Lenovo mobile workstations on every expedition. These reliable, rugged machines give us the flexibility to render 3D models, track GPS coordinates and review reality capture footage after dives before we even step off the boat."

This new, thin and light ThinkPad will benefit any professional that constantly finds themselves on the go - offering raw Intel Core processing and the brand new NVIDIA Quadro P500 graphics, which means fast, on-screen interactivity with dense datasets, simulations, and 2D image manipulation and painting. Not to mention the ThinkPad P52s is armed with fast memory and optimized storage support - a necessity for project storage, data caching and real-time playback. Whether you're collaborating in the office, on a job site or with visiting customers, this powerful and lightweight mobile workstation can run CAD applications all day long - offering the fastest, mobile processors and PCIe NVMe up to 1TB.

Even the battery life is equipped to handle all the day can throw your way. Lenovo's PowerBridge technology provides all day power - allowing you to work seamlessly, without the hassle of recharging.

Going beyond hardware, we're helping ensure our customers are getting the most out of their investment with the Lenovo Performance Tuner (LPT) 2.0. Through the use of Processor Affinity, LPT gives users the ability to run applications on specific cores - improving their system workload, and optimizing power and resources for both single-threaded or multi-threaded applications. To make this process even more convenient for professionals, Lenovo is responding to our customers' feedback by now allowing users to import and export application profiles -allowing system administrators to customize and share profiles across employee systems.

Additionally, we are offering Lenovo Workstation Diagnostics - a desktop application and free smartphone app. These tools bring deskside insight to your system and offer users easy-to-follow guidance and troubleshooting should an issue arise. And, should the machine ever fail to boot, the phone app allows your workstation to communicate directly to your mobile device to provide instant diagnostics and potential solutions.

To learn more about all of these new Lenovo offerings, visit thinkworkstations.com/products.