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Jan 16 2014

Centralize Your CAD: Fujitsu CELSIUS Workstation C620 and Fujitsu FUTRO Thin Client L

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Workstations with server-style performance have been a fixture in Fujitsu's WPS portfolio for several years. So far, much of their popularity results from the power boost they bring to demanding applications such as CAD, digital content creation, or simulation. The rack-mountable CELSIUS C620 models deliver yet another benefit: together with FUTRO L Thin Clients, they can serve as building blocks for a highly secure, highly efficient and ergonomic VDI implementation.

Whether research lab, design studio or CGI production facility – lots of today's companies are running applications whose hardware requirements far exceed the processing power of regular desktop PCs. Consequently, at some point most of them tend to deploy workstations with powerful processors, large amounts of RAM, and storage capacity galore, not to mention the latest and most powerful graphics and compute cards. The trouble with such systems is that while they help eliminate substantial performance gaps, they come with a number of handicaps: They're noisy. They give off more heat than is acceptable in standard workplace/office settings. And they are truly attractive targets for cyber-criminals who can't wait to steal an organization's most valuable assets – confidential research, construction or production data stored on these machines. Fujitsu's latest centralization solution, comprised of rack-mountable workstations and thin clients, answers all three problems at once.

Building Blocks for Success
More precisely, this solution combines our midrange workstation CELSIUS C620 with FUTRO L Thin Clients. In this setup, the C620 – which is located securely at an organization's data center – provides all the compute power and functionality, while the FUTRO L serves as an access portal (read: remote access device) in the office. This may appear as an unlikely marriage, but Fujitsu's use of advanced technologies ensures it yields excellent results:

  • The Fujitsu CELSIUS workstation C620 features Intel's powerful Xeon E3-1200v2 processors and up to 32 GB of RAM, paired with ultra-high-end graphics or GPU compute cards from AMD's FirePro, NVIDIA's Quadro and GRID or Intel's Xeon Phi product lines. With up to 4 CPU cores, whose clock speeds range from 3.1 to 4.0 GHz, and up to 3,072 GPU cores contained in a 1U rack, the C620 offers the highest performance density for graphics- or GPU-intensive applications. With regard to operating systems, the workstation supports the latest Windows and Windows Server editions as well as Linux; support for Windows XP is limited. Since the workstation resides in the data center, it's easier to protect and no longer an open target for cyber-crooks. What's more, problems that could arise from noise or heat emissions are eliminated from the start, and the CELSIUS C620 doesn't strain office space where that's already scarce.
  • Fujitsu's FUTRO L series of thin clients comprises the models L420 (dual-monitoring) and L620 (quad-monitoring). Technically speaking, these are "dual-use devices" that may be used in standard VDI implementations where they simplify software updates or operating system migration. In our context, on the other hand, they serve as a next-generation remote access device that unlocks the compute power of the CELSIUS C620. Based on Teradici processors that use the highly efficient PC-over-IP protocol, they rely on host rendering, real-time compression and encoding methods that make it possible to transmit 'only the pixels' back to the workplace. A matching host card that can control up to 4 monitors has to be built into the workstation. Moreover, all communication between the C620 and the FUTRO L is encrypted, so that business-critical data cannot be disclosed or tampered with during transmission.

Usage Scenarios
As outlined above, the combination of server-style workstation performance and highly secure and efficient access technology is virtually tailor-made for the most demanding tasks. Typical application scenarios include remote CAD/CAE, simulation, and visualization: the CELSIUS C620 supports leading applications such as Autodesk 3ds Max and Siemens PLM NX. One of the most successful car and motorcycle manufacturers in the world is using Fujitsu's CELSIUS C620 workstation for mechanical CAD applications like Dassault CATIA: designers and engineers are connected to a central datacenter hosting CELSIUS C620 remote workstations. The reason for the customer to use this product was the lower amount of rack space needed (higher density) and the lower cooling effort and power consumption compared to products from other major computer vendors.

For detailed information, check out our product websites for the CELSIUS C620, FUTRO L420 and FUTRO L620.

Questions to Discuss
Aside from the customers and scenarios outlined above, where do you see use cases for a combination of rack workstations and thin clients?

Where do you see the benefits and where do you see bottlenecks where standalone workstations might be better suited?

Which applications would you run on a CELSIUS C620?

 

Nadin Spang

 

About the Author:

Nadin Spang

Nadin Spang is a Product Marketing Manager Workplace Systems at Fujitsu Technology Solutions.

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