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TGS to Support AMD64 & FUJITSU-SIEMENS Celsius V810 Workstation Series
Posted Thu December 18, 2003 @09:18AM
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Post Processing TGS, a leading provider of 3D graphics toolkits and advanced visualization solutions, announced its planned support for the AMD Opteron™ and AMD Athlon™ 64 processor architectures with their professional 3D graphics software product lines Open Inventor™ and amira®, for both Linux and Windows operating systems. AMD, Fujitsu-Siemens, and TGS manifest their cooperation by demonstrating selected 64-bit application examples for the launch of the new Celsius™ V810 workstation on December 16th in Dresden, Germany.

TGS Open Inventor is a 3D scene graph API widely used for developing demanding 3D graphics applications. amira, built on top of Open Inventor, is TGS’s flagship visualization application, focusing on interactive analysis, processing, and viewing of three-dimensional scientific data such as 3D imagery (i.e. CT, MRI, PET, 3D ultrasound, 3D microscopy), CAD and polygon models, and vector data (e.g. for flow visualization).


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Furthermore, amira allows the accurate reconstruction of 3D models from image data, e.g. for surgical planning, prosthesis design, reverse engineering, prototyping, and similar applications. TGS graphics solutions are widely used by professionals in microscopy, biology, neuroscience, medical research, geoscience, oil & gas, material science, visual simulation, engineering, and many other areas.

With the increasing accuracy of 3D scanning technology and with the growing complexity of interactive 3D simulation, interactive visual processing of very large data is one of the most important requirements by TGS customers today. The AMD64 architecture provides excellent processor performance, large memory address space, as well as high-speed and low-latency memory and I/O bandwidth through HyperTransport™ technology. Furthermore, the native 32-bit backward-compatibility enables customers to use existing 32-bit software along with true 64-bit products. By combining AMD64 processors with top-of-the-line AGP-based graphics accelerators and other high-end components, the Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius V810 is a truly professional and stunningly powerful 3D graphics workstation.

“The Celsius V810 workstation is a perfect combination of AMD64 architecture with high-end 3D graphics. It will enable our customers to push the limits of interactively mastering vast amounts of data right on the desktop, and provides an easy way for a soft migration from 32-bit to 64-bit”, said Malte Westerhoff, CTO applications of TGS.

“The Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius™ V810 workstation, based on the AMD Opteron processor and the advanced 3D graphics software from TGS, offers even the most demanding workstation customers unparalleled performance and compatibility,” said Ben Williams, director of server/workstation business segment, AMD’s Microprocessor Business Unit. “Workstation customers now have native support for both 32- and 64-bit applications as they model and render graphical information from extremely large data sets.”

Product Availability
Open Inventor 4.0 and amira 3.1 will be shortly available on Linux for AMD64 in a pre-beta version for selected customers. The official release of the TGS software is scheduled for Q1 2004. Both products will support Windows as well as Linux in 64 bit.

About TGS:
TGS is the leading supplier of graphics tools and visualization expertise in oil and gas, scientific visualization, manufacturing, government, academic and research markets. The company has been in business for over 20 years and offers significant experience in graphics API’s including Open Inventor, OpenGL®, PHIGS and GKS as well as application development based on these API’s. TGS, in association with Indeed - Visual Concepts (Berlin), markets and supports the visualization application amira® allowing customers to visualize a variety of datasets. The company also offers a variety of consulting and development services to assist its clients in implementing custom visualization products and strategies.

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